Just for Yew
September 16, 2009, 10:42 pm
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng, Lee Kuan Yew

He turns 86 today, good for him. No one lives forever, Lee, and no one gets younger every year. Not even with the help of pacemakers (and more…). Hehee

Battling snail speed on an ancient laptop since my computer is in coma, I have collected some quotes, links and videos about the man. I can’t believe that there are still so many out there heralding him as the man who cares about Singaporeans.


“Repression, Sir is a habit that grows. I am told it is like making love – it is always easier the second time! The first time there may be pangs of conscience, a sense of guilt. But once embarked on this course with constant repetition you get more and more brazen in the attack. All you have to do is to dissolve organizations and societies and banish and detain the key political workers in these societies. Then miraculously everything is tranquil on the surface. Then an intimidated press and the government-controlled radio together can regularly sing your praises, and slowly and steadily the people are made to forget the evil things that have already been done, or if these things are referred to again they’re conveniently distorted and distorted with impunity, because there will be no opposition to contradict.”


“If I were in authority in Singapore indefinitely without having to ask those who are governed whether they like what is being done, then I would not have the slightest doubt that I could govern much more effectively in their interests.”


“We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two… We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellectually and culturally anaemic.”


“I make no apologies that the PAP is government and the government is PAP”


“If you don’t include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society…So what happens? There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That’s a problem.”


“We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don’t do that, the country would be in ruins.”


“I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters – who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”


“Now if democracy will not work for the Russians, a white Christian people, can we assume that it will naturally work with Asians?”


“If you are a troublemaker…it’s our job to politically destroy you. Put it this way. As long as JB Jeyaretnam stands for what he stands for – a thoroughly destructive force – we will knock him. Everybody knows that in my bag I have a hatchet, and a very sharp one. You take me on, I take my hatchet, we meet in the cul-de-sac.”

“Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle-dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no way you can govern a Chinese society.”

“They say people can think for themselves? Do you honestly believe that the chap who can’t pass primary six knows the consequence of his choice when he answers a question viscerally, on language, culture and religion? But we knew the consequences. We would starve, we would have race riots. We would disintegrate.”


“If we had considered them serious political figures, we would not have kept them politically alive for so long. We could have bankrupt them earlier.”


“If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it.”


“Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalisation.. I hold unconventional views about this.. I do not believe if you are a libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.”


“Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people don’t understand this”

“Without the elected president and if there is a freak result, within two or three years, the army would have to come in and stop it”


(Should be more but my internet connection here sucks so I have to be quick)

Lee Kuan Yew: Race, Culture and Genes (pdf) 

Lee Kuan Yew Watch




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Hi there,
Great post, I just stumbled upon it and I’m already a fan.

Comment by Computers & Tech

This is really Awesome! I’ve been having so much of doubts abt the ruling of the government and wat are they REALLY doing to us and our money mainly… the plus side I wld say is the CPF where we’re “forced” to save which in a way is gd cos atleast we’ve gt sufficient amt wen we wanna gt a house or retire.. but other den that, raising the std of living here juz creates sandwiched middle class citizens, the poor gets poorer while the rich gets richer.. so many issues… the most pressing issue here now is bringing in too many foreigners snatchin away our jobs and everywhere is crowded! insane! I’ve got so much to say but u’ve said it all… I hope someday we can make living here much at peace…

Comment by shamzee

Down with the PAP

Comment by Hellibent

great…….honest………..a 51/49 will defintely be a better Govt !!!

Comment by gregLIM

This was sent to me by an ex Singaporean. Great video and some excellent home truths. I lived in Singapore for 38 years and have lived overseas for the last 26 years. I still think Singapore is a great place to live even with all it’s political meandering.

Comment by Jim Connor

I used to meet your late father Mr. Lee Sr.who used to work for BP De Silva Jewellers in High Street. After a while I migrated to Melbourne, Australia with my Family and my brother Anura de Silva is still in Tanglin Shopping Centre jewellery shop “SPH de Silva” and SPH is my late father. I wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and you still look handsome at your age…Nissanka

Comment by Nissanka de Silva

Thanks God for LKY and the PAP. A brilliant team, a great government and with the results to prove it! Quoting selectively and out of context is deceitful which is what this blog
attempts. I remember the Spore of yester-year and recall the slums, poor hygiene and general dilapidation of institutions & infrastructure, the racial discord in some quarters and other social unpleasantness. Spore’s transformation is miraculous in magnitude and the result of great and visionary governance as well as an extraordinary community of pragmatic and loyal citizenry. I hope that is never lost.

Comment by chris da silva

I share the same view as yours, as other countries do in envy. Let’s look at a bigger picture. It’s more befitting to rename him ‘David’ instead of ‘Harry’ to remember him as David and Goliath in the Bible.

Comment by Tony Tan


Comment by Chan L

So very touching.

Comment by Chan L

You choose !! Either you want Singapore as what she is today due to the iron-fisted rule of Harry Lee or end up worst than the neighbor across the causeway who has so abundant natural resources and yet…??? Just ponder: Is he a multi-billionaire ? Has he stolen from the people ? etc. etc. Surely we cannot expect him to please everyone !…… Chaos !!

Comment by Tony Tan

What is so bad about the neighbour across the Causeway? Their currency is just half of ours.

Comment by Muhammad Shamin

Less than half !

Comment by Tony Tan

It is hard to sum up the history of a nation in a short post. Sure, the stuff here are all true. But then, there are a lot of other truths. Opinions are rife about whether smart parents beget smart kids, and of course, the “so what?” argument…

In the end, you now have a sovereign country at peace within and without, a stable economy insomuch as such is possible, an educated population with the potential to survive. On the flip side, you have a pampered people, over dependant on government policies, a new generation that is smug, opinionted and lack respect for the elders and tradition.

So, what is good? What is bad?

Try living in a place where you cannot leave your house after dark, or parking your car becomes an act of faith that it will still be there when you return, or waiting 3 days to see a doctor.

All things said and done, I moved back to live in Singapore.

Comment by Calvin

yes, i agree with him.He is absolutely right. Talking is free Just like everyone else, you do not give him recognition.
His record speaks for itself, Singapore is rank 11th richest country in the world.

Comment by A K Phua

He has done such a great job and veery third world country is looking at us with such envy. You have no idea what you are doing and I feel sorry for you. Good luck to you.

Comment by A K Phua

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