The changing electorate, they are younger, more intelligent, more educated, more demanding electorate. They are not interested in having more balanced leg of Chinese, Indians, Malays. They are just saying, ‘now look, this man you are putting is my MP. I don’t think he measures up. I am not voting for him’.
(then) Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, on the programme The Prime Minister Meets Foreign Correspondents, 1984. (at 03:00)
It is make-belief to pretend that race and language do not affect voter preferences.
(then) Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong arguing for the GRC system in 1988.
The easiest way to get majority vote is: ‘Vote for me, we’re Chinese, they’re Indians, they’re Malays’. Our society will be ripped apart.
(now) Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Straits Times 13 Sep 2010