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Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has made some controversial remarks the last two years or so. Should we dismiss them or pay closer attention to his words?
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Is MM Lee playing the same old record?

The army would have to be called in if there is a ‘freak election result’. Singaporeans need a ‘good dose of incompetent government’. If we had an alternative in government ‘our women will become maids in other people’s countries’. Singaporeans are ‘complacent’ for allowing an alleged terrorist to escape. Vote in the opposition and you ‘can ruin this place’. ‘There is a conspiracy to do us in’.

Is Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew trying to create fear, or anxiety, among Singaporeans? Does what he says deserve serious consideration? Or is he 'playing the same old record'?

Without the elected president and if there is a freak result, within two or three years, the army would have to come in and stop it. (Reuters, 16 Sep 06)

You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you'll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again...and your asset values will be in peril, your security will be at risk and our women will become maids in other people's countries, foreign workers. (Justifying pay hikes for Singapore ministers, The Straits Times, 5 April 2007)

Complacency sets in when a people have not suffered any shock or setback for a long time, as in Singapore without jihadist terror attacks, although we have ceaselessly talked about it and prepared out (sic) defence… Most people believe that bad things will happen to others, not to themselves. (Speaking about Mas Selamat Kastari’s escape, April 5, 2008)

ONE freak election result is all it will take to wipe out Singapore's success in building up the city state… This could happen if voters became bored and decided to give the 'vociferous opposition' a chance - out of 'light-heartedness, fickleness or sheer madness. In five years, you can ruin this place and it's very difficult to pick up the pieces... (Straits Times, June 26, 2008)

I think all bets are off because in five years they (opposition) can ruin this place. (AFP, June 27, 2008)

We are not stupid people, they give us all these advice... International Bar Association, human rights, whatever it is. Who are they, what are they? Have you run a country? Have you ever done a community and created jobs for them, gave them a life? We have, and we know what it requires. (CNA, July 11, 2008)

There is a conspiracy to do us in. Why?... They see us as a threat. (Straits Times, July 12, 2008)

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