Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s eulogy for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (29 Mar 2015)

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s eulogy for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (29 Mar 2015)

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The Best of Lee Kuan Yew during his term as Prime Minister

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Mr Lee Kuan Yew at his finest during his term in office as Prime Minister of Singapore.

Henry A. Kissinger: The world will miss Lee Kuan Yew

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Henry A. Kissinger was the U.S. secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.

By Henry A. Kissinger March 23, for the Washington Post

Lee Kuan Yew was a great man. And he was a close personal friend, a fact that I consider one of the great blessings of my life. A world needing to distill order from incipient chaos will miss his leadership.

Lee emerged onto the international stage as the founding father of the state of Singapore, then a city of about 1 million. He developed into a world statesman who acted as a kind of conscience to leaders around the globe.

Fate initially seemed not to have provided him a canvas on which to achieve more than modest local success. In the first phase of decolonization, Singapore emerged as a part of Malaya. It was cut loose because of tensions between Singapore’s largely Chinese population and the Malay majority and, above all, to teach the fractious city a lesson of dependency. Malaya undoubtedly expected that reality would cure Singapore of its independent spirit.

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The post-LKY era

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Written by Ng E-Jay
25 March 2015

Mr Lee Kuan Yew governed Singapore with an iron fist. Under his reign as Prime Minister, he enacted tough laws against public assembly and even public speaking. He imprisoned many people without trial under the ISA, he muzzled the press, he created a highly unlevel political playing field, and he co-opted the best and brightest of society and made them conformists. But he and his team of cabinet ministers also brought tremendous economic growth to Singapore and brought about great social development. His team turned a thriving British entrepot and already bustling metropolis into a first world nation.

But can the current administration carry on Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy? The current political administration has flooded Singapore with foreigners, but without adequate planning. Our migrant workers are being housed in cramped quarters and are sometimes given food of inferior quality, as has been widely reported. The large numbers of foreign PMETs we are taking in have collectively displaced Singaporeans from their jobs, and pushed property prices sky high. The strain on our physical as well as social infrastructure from this huge influx of foreigners is clearly visible. In addition, we have a government that has withheld the CPF savings of Singaporeans against their wishes, and insufficient measures have been enacted to deal with the escalating cost of living.

Clearly, the achievements of Lee Kuan Yew’s administration has not been matched by the current team of political leaders. As a result of failed government policies that have caused wages for the lower and lower-middle income segment to stagnate, the opposition has seized the opportunity to gain mass support. Lee Hsien Loong’s cabinet has vacillated between continuing the brutal dictatorial methods of his father’s administration, or taking a softer approach that will most likely win hearts in the long run. Thus, we have witnessed the curious spectacle of a political administration saying they wish to open up and have freer debates, yet at the same time using the sledgehammer of lawsuits against prominent activists like Alex Au and Vincent Wijeysingha.

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Charlie Rose interviews Lee Kuan Yew (Oct 2009)

Charlie Rose interviewed Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew about the new global order — 23 October 2009

The protocol for public figure deaths

GLENN GREENWALD: “We are all taught that it is impolite to speak ill of the dead, particularly in the immediate aftermath of someone’s death. For a private person, in a private setting, that makes perfect sense. Most human beings are complex and shaped by conflicting drives, defined by both good and bad acts. That’s more or less what it means to be human. And — when it comes to private individuals — it’s entirely appropriate to emphasize the positives of someone’s life and avoid criticisms upon their death: it comforts their grieving loved ones and honors their memory. In that context, there’s just no reason, no benefit, to highlight their flaws.

But that is completely inapplicable to the death of a public person, especially one who is political. When someone dies who is a public figure by virtue of their political acts — like Ronald Reagan — discussions of them upon death will be inherently politicized. How they are remembered is not strictly a matter of the sensitivities of their loved ones, but has substantial impact on the culture which discusses their lives. To allow significant political figures to be heralded with purely one-sided requiems — enforced by misguided (even if well-intentioned) notions of private etiquette that bar discussions of their bad acts — is not a matter of politeness; it’s deceitful and propagandistic. To exploit the sentiments of sympathy produced by death to enshrine a political figure as Great and Noble is to sanction, or at best minimize, their sins. Misapplying private death etiquette to public figures creates false history and glorifies the ignoble.”

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Measured displays of grief, manageable and modest crowds

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Written by Ng E-Jay
23 March 2015

Thus far, reports have been coming in that the reaction to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death has been measured, perhaps even muted. Crowds at condolence boards have been modest at best, and there has not been any massive or widespread outpouring of grief.

This is consistent with Martyn See’s (film-maker, activist) observation made earlier today on Facebook:

“Let it be noted that on this Monday morning of the 23rd of March 2015, some 7 hours after the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, life goes on for the people in Singapore. Despite what the internet or the media would like you to believe, there is no sign of any bereavement in public. Even here at the Singapore General Hospital where Lee’s body lie, the atmosphere is muted. It is a perhaps a fitting tribute to a man who led his flock by trading emotion for economics, ideals for pragmatism and compassion for politics.” — Martyn See, Facebook, 23 March 2015

Public speaking at Speaker’s Corner has been rescinded (due to passing of Lee Kuan Yew)

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This went into force at 5.30am this morning: public speaking is no longer allowed at Speakers’ Corner. [Link]

No. S 145
Public Order Act
Public Order (Unrestricted Area)

(Revocation) Order 2015

In exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Public Order Act, the Minister for Home Affairs makes the following Order:
Citation and commencement

1. This Order may be cited as the Public Order (Unrestricted Area) (Revocation) Order 2015 and comes into operation at 5.30 a.m. on 23 March 2015.

2. The Public Order (Unrestricted Area) Order 2013 (G.N. No. S 30/2013) is revoked.

[MHA 112/2/0108; AG/LEGIS/SL/257A/2015/1 Vol. 1]

Statement from NParks

Hong Lim Park, including the Speakers’ Corner, is one of the designated community sites for remembering the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

With the park designated as a community site, those who wish to speak or organise events at Hong Lim Park (including Speakers’ Corner) will not be able to do so.

As such, we will not be able to accept any applications to use Speakers’ Corner during this time.

Low Thia Khiang’s condolence message to PM Lee and Lee Kuan Yew’s family

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Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the Workers’ Party, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Mr Lee was Singapore’s first Prime Minister, heading the Government for over three decades and thereafter serving another 21 years in the Cabinet as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. He led Singapore with a group of like-minded individuals through our tumultuous early years of nationhood, including a difficult merger with Malaysia and subsequent independence in 1965.

Mr Lee served in public office for almost his entire adult life. His passing marks an end of an era in Singapore’s history. His contributions to Singapore will be remembered for generations to come.

With deepest sympathies,
Secretary-General, Workers’ Party
Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC

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