Lee Kuan Yew: an exemplary figure

 

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew is dead!

Long live Lee Kuan Yew!

The man may not belong to a royal family, but he might just as well be because Singapore, for what it is now, will always be Lee’s domain and will forever be equated with him as an exemplary figure.

Lee is dead, after he founded Singapore and transformed the once sleepy and tiny island with no natural resources into a bustling city now considered as one of the world’s richest nations, but his legacy of corrupt-free governance, coupled with his authoritarian rule that made sure the multiethnic and multi-religious discords were reined in and controlled will always be a blueprint for success.

Though many Singaporeans also criticized and went against Lee’s strong-arm policies and tactics, yet he was able to prove that his mission and vision for his small country was a success, when after guiding for 31 years until 1990, Singapore became the trade and financial hub of the world, not to mention that its military might is nothing to be sneezed at.

Had we had a Lee Kuan Yew in the Philippines, a country with vast natural resources and at the time when the country was only second to Japan in its economic stature and Singapore was still at the bottom of the economic ladder, we would have found ourselves fully developed now and the Filipinos appreciated and admired.

Alas, it was not to be.

As the autocratic leader of Singapore took the country forward to progress, while inspiring developed nations to invest in the country and provide jobs for its people, the Philippines stagnated, with the quality of life of the people declining because of the culture of corruption persistently pursued and adopted by the country’s leaders as if it was a badge of honor.

Phoeey!

Lee’s book “From Third World to First” has this to say about what makes Filipinos, as people, a failure:

“The difference lies in the culture of the Filipino people. It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial.”

Relative to this let me just invite you to read what I wrote in 2011 by opening: https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/marcos-could-not-have-turned-the-philippines-like-singapore/.

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