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Daily Archives: 2015-04-02

Lee Kuan Yew, hysteria and the degradation of public discourse

By Simon Vincent I woke up one day to find myself transformed in my bed into an ungrateful Singaporean. Perhaps this is not quite as terrifying as Gregor Samsa’s rude awakening, but during the seven-day mourning of Lee Kuan Yew, I could not help but feel an almost Kafkaesque struggle against a surreal environment which gives no quarter to your …

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Dear Jackson, read carefully, and think slowly

TREmeritus earlier published a letter by Mr Jackson Wee, "Rebutting Tan Wah Piow: I’ve always been a free S’porean", in response to a letter posted by Mr Tan Wah Piow on The Online Citizen, "Lee Kuan Yew’s death will set the people free". Mr Tan has written in response to clarify. We have also shared his letter with TREmeritus. Dear …

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Interview with Thum Ping Tjin about Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore – Part 2

Your browser does not support native audio, but you can download this MP3 to listen on your device.  Malaysia's independent radio station, BFM 89.9 interviewed Thum Ping Tjin, Research Associate at the Centre for Global History at the University of Oxford and co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia, on Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. Lee Chwi Lynn: We’ve established, possibly, the motivating factors for …

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Norwegian and S’pore PR jailed 10 weeks for assaulting taxi driver

On 1 September last year, Norwegian and Singapore permanent resident Arne Corneliussen attacked a taxi driver in the wee hours of the morning. He was eventually arrested and charged, and on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to choking 46-year old Chan Chuan Heng. Corneliussen was sentenced to 10 weeks jail for a “sustained and brutish” assault on Chan. The court heard …

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Online boast of not paying S&CC, police refers case to MND

On 30 March, a resident who apparently lives in Aljunied GRC posted online that he owes the town council of his estate “4+ months” worth of service and conservancy charges. Mr KY Seetoh, posting on a pro-People’s Action Party (PAP) Facebook page, said: “Funny, I had stopped paying them for 4+ months. After the 2nd, they sent me a red …

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If Only—To the memory Of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015)

By Catherine Lim You transformed little, obscure, resource-poor Singapore into one of the most successful economies in the world. If today Singapore is described in breathless superlatives—‘best’, ‘richest’, ‘cleanest’, ‘brightest’—it is all because of you. If only you had done so without so much human cost. If only the high ranking of Singapore in international surveys on economic development were …

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Lee Kuan Yew and the Law Society

By Tang Fong Har For me, Lee Kuan Yew, who ruled Singapore by fear, belongs to the past. His method of dealing with his critics was to use his knuckle dusters and take them to the cul-de-sac. I was one of those “roughed up” by his methods for not seeing things his way. By 1986, the domestic media in Singapore …

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