Lee Kuan Yew’s assertion that today’s Singaporean has turned soft has not gone down well with some quarters, but the reality is successive generations of migrants lose some of their forefathers’ pioneering spirit.
ARE Singaporeans – third-generation migrants who helped to turn a rundown town into a global city – losing their steam?
The answer is yes, according to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, and quite a few employers share his view that it was good to have brought in foreign workers to fill the decline.
“Over time, Singaporeans had become less hard-driving and hard-striving,” Lee said in a recent interview
The hard-talking Lee then upset many people when he said that if Singaporeans were falling behind because “the spurs are not stuck into the hide”, that was their problem.