Even the heavens wept, with the rain coming down on Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral. That couldn’t prevent people from pouring out on the streets to pay their respects to the departed leader. “Lee Kuan Yew! Lew Kuan Yew!” the crowd chanted in thunderous ovation to the founder of the nation. Vindication or nostalgia, it had to be one or the other that surged forth in this vast outpouring of affection. [Read more…]
Singaporeans mourning the death of Lee Kuan Yew should not pay any attention to a few Western commentators carping about him. He was admired at home and abroad. World leaders have been paying their respects to him. And if there is any doubt about how attractive Singapore is, consider this. In no rich country does foreign direct investment (FDI) make up a bigger share of the economy than in Singapore, if we leave aside Hong Kong and Luxembourg. [Read more…]
It’s the end of an era in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew died at 3.18 am today at the Singapore General Hospital, where he had been warded for severe pneumonia for more than a month. He was 91.
Singapore today lost not only its first prime minister, but also the man who personified exceptionalism.
Generally, commentators talk about American exceptionalism, but hasn’t Singapore been exceptional too? [Read more…]