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Singapore’s Future…Whatever is Happening?!

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Whatever is happening to Singapore’s future?

Have you guys read the following news that is circulating on social media?

The following quote summarizes the gist of the long press release titled “What Has Happened To Lee Kuan Yew’s Values?”

QUOTE:

“Lee Kuan Yew served as Singapore’s prime minister from 1959 to 1990. Lee Hsien Loong is Singapore’s current prime minister. Wei Ling and Hsien Yang are also the executors and trustees of Lee Kuan Yew’s estate; Hsien Loong was removed in 2011. Wei Ling and Hsien Yang state:

“We have seen a completely different face to our brother Hsien Loong, one that deeply troubles us. Since the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, on 23 March 2015, we have felt threatened by Hsien Loong’s misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government to drive his personal agenda. We are concerned that the system has few checks and balances to prevent the abuse of government. We feel big brother omnipresent. We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern.

If Hsien Loong is prepared to act thus against his younger sister and brother, both contributing members of Singapore’s establishment, to advance his personal agenda, Wei Ling and Hsien Yang worry for Singapore.

The situation is such that Hsien Yang feels compelled to leave Singapore:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I will leave Singapore for the foreseeable future. This is the country that my father, Lee Kuan Yew, loved and built. It has been home for my entire life. Singapore is and remains my country. I have no desire to leave. Hsien Loong is the only reason for my departure.”

 

The above press release and statements were jointly made by Dr. Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang. Emphasis in bold are mine.

This is serious because some pretty strong words have been used.

As an overseas Singaporean citizen who has always been thankful and trusting of our country’s leadership –You can read my praises for PM Lee here and here too– I was quite shocked! 😮

 

Some people have said that this is “fake news”, so we went on reddit to cross-check:

reddit singapore

Wow. According to the above redditors’ logic, it is highly unlikely that those statements are fake news.

 

Further comments by Li Shengwu, Lee Hsien Yang’s son:

li shengwu

 

It would also be really interesting to see how the mainstream media reports this. Or perhaps, disturbing.

And it will be really insightful to see how PM Lee’s Public Relations Team pens a response to this. Come to think about it, this situation is not a good position for any Public Figure to be in.

  • On the one hand, it is not wise to sue your (high-profile) family members for defamation, as the Singaporean public would tend to see this act as “being heartless”. Because why would you sue your kin, instead of being more magnanimous and forgiving?
  • On the other hand, if the Public Figure doesn’t sue, his good name will be questioned. And people will also question the consistency in his decision– Did PM Lee not sue Roy Ngerng to protect his good name, even though some have criticized the act as petty? Shouldn’t PM Lee’s good name be protected at all costs “for the sake of Singapore”?

So one possible logical way out is to pepper the PR response with terms like “It is with great disappointment that I have to make this statement…”, “with great grief”, “regretful”, “would be happy to start a ‘constructive dialogue’ “, etc.

I don’t know– I’m not PM Lee’s PR Consultant. We can only wait and see.

Looks like something major is brewing. 😮 How worrying!

Classy!! How Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong dealt with the BBC reporter’s implied "white man’s burden".

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Have you guys watched the latest snippet of BBC’s interview with PM Lee Hsien Loong shared by Channel News Asia today?

Our PM Lee Hsien Loong BBC appearance was soooo much BURN. WATCH! 😀

 

I especially LOVED how PM Lee responded to the reporter’s condescending assumptions in his line of questioning. So much class!

“The world is a diverse place. Nobody has a monopoly of virtue or wisdom.” –PM Lee Hsien Loong

Here’s a toast to our Prime Minister for standing his ground so well! =)

This is another classic case of a “What is” VS “What should be” conversation. The people who preach that Singapore “should” do this and that– Just look at their track records. Have they done anything constructive for Singapore?

In other words, IF our nation ever vanishes one day, do these “should-sayers” with NO stakes in Singapore have to suffer the consequences?

It’s easy to preach “should”s when you don’t have to be responsible for the livelihood of many, isn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong, of COURSE it is good to have noble ideals. However, in a world of constrained resources and responsibilities, leaders have to make tough trade-offs and choices.

With freedom of expression comes A LOT of responsibility. Will I trust the masses with complete responsibility?

Looking at the UK’s recent excellent choice of BREXIT, OPPS! I think I’ll pass. Thanks and no thanks!

This is why PM Lee Hsien Loong is so respected!– Part II.

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(Image Source: The Guardian)

Watch! What a great and candid speech! 🙂

I really thank God that we have such a great and respected prime minister like Lee Hsien Loong.

Because of his dedication to Singapore and various media appearances, Singapore is continued to be respected all over the world. Not in Finland though, because a large part of Finns still live in their own world–but that is not our problem.

For one, today PM Lee delivered an address to a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament, an extremely rare honour specially set apart for Australia’s most important political partners. He was in Australia for the bilateral defence talk.

For another, he was the one who stuck to a position in spite of China pressurising Singapore’s position in the South China Sea dispute. This showed China conclusively that Singapore is no pushover.

Last but not least, Barrack and Michelle Obama did invite PM Lee and Mdm Ho Ching to the white house–showing their deepest respect for the Singaporean leaders.

How do we not respect PM Lee? 🙂