Family and friends, thank you for being here with us today. After Mama died in October 2010, Papa’s health deteriorated rapidly. The past five years have been challenging. But as always, Papa was determined to carry on as normal as possible, as best as he could.
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3 China Nationals were arrested at a construction site at Ayer Rajah last week. They had allegedly attacked a Singaporean heavy crane operator Muhammad Fazli with a sledge hammer following a dispute on site. The dispute was about the clearance of the crane lifting path, which led to a quarrel and the deadly attack.
I watched the television for several hours today. The tv was off for nearly a week and I thought I really should not miss this historic occasion. As I watched the two sons of Lee Kuan Yew gave their eulogies in praise of their father, I cannot help thinking of the following people who were arrested and imprisoned for decades without trial by their father: 1. Dr Lim Hock Siew was arrested and imprisoned for 20 years.
Despite all the praises for Lee Kuan Yew in shaping Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew has failed terribly in providing a sustainable system of governance. His tight control has created a flawed system that is prone to abuse, a system that starts to break down the moment he hands over the reins to his successors.
21st May 2009 marks the 22nd anniversary of a security sweep codenamed Operation Spectrum, which saw the arrests and detention of 22 young professionals in Singapore under the Internal Security Act. The "Marxist Conspiracy" arrests, as it is commonly known, also involved the detentions of lawyers Francis Seow and Patrick Seong in 1988 as they sought to represent some of the detainees who were re-arrested that year.
It was interesting to see the contrast between 2 recent newspaper articles regarding the passing of a senior statesman. One read that “huge crowds to bid Mr Lee farewell” while the other just said that the queue was eight hours long. Regardless of whichever angle is more accurate, the notion that this outpour of sympathy would translate into votes is certainly overhyped.
The legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, the founder and longtime leader of modern Singapore who died on Monday, is often framed as a lesson in nation-building and global statecraft. In the Los Angeles Times, Harvard’s Graham Allison recalls that every Chinese leader since the death of Mao has cited Lee as a mentor; Lee’s brand of “authoritarian capitalism” is often invoked with reference to Narendra Modi or Vladimir Putin.