Monday, April 09, 2007

LKY's words of wisdom

I have refrained so far from commenting about the current big news from Singapore. Simply because I have nothing new to add on to what others had written.

I just want to say, I find the MIW quotes morbidly fascinating. Like the kind of creepiness people dish out for Halloween. Except that it is not really funny, and they make me sick.

Of course, the best (I think) comes from Ah Kong himself.

"You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government.

You get the alternative and you'll never put Singapore together again. Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again...and your assets will disappear, you apartment will be worth a fraction of what it is, your jobs will be in peril, your security will be at risk and our women will become maids in other people's countries, foreign workers."


"...Singapore's GDP is only one-third of its external trade? Our external trade is 3 1/2 times that of our GDP, higher than Hong Kong. And if this economy ever falters, that's the end of Singapore and its First World status. Denmark, Switzerland and Finland are part of Europe. You can fail and you're still caught in the European situation. If you fail here, you go back to a Southeast Asian situation. Just look around you...

...He (Low Thia Kiang) has compared Singapore as if it were Denmark, Finland or Switzerland. Their systems and governments never produced the kind of transformation that we have, and their system and government have a broader base and can afford a mediocre government."

I have long lost my respect for them, and hope for the country.

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