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My country is what it is because…
JULY 13, 2014 | BY KNEWS | Adam Harris.

Ever since a friend loaned me the book ‘From Third World to First—The Singapore Story: 1965-2000’ I have been looking at my country with a range of emotions. I have felt anger, pity, sorrow, disappointment and shame….Last week, I read a news report prepared by one of my reporters. Using information supplied by the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) – who culled statistics from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) database and some other international sources – it was concluded that Guyana is 254 years behind Singapore….The economic policies of that Asian giant boggled my mind. For one, its leader bought foreign talent when the country had none, but there was a caveat. For every two foreigners there needed to be one Singaporean. There was no attempt to get the foreigner to pay a bribe….The strange thing is that we have examples to follow; instead we have opted to do our own thing. The result is stagnation and a people who merely want to leave the country by any means possible. In this day and age we have skilled Guyanese running to other countries to peddle their ability.
Singapore  Guyana  Guyanese  Lee_Kuan_Yew  books  city-states  disappointment  economic_development  economic_stagnation 
july 2015 by jerryking
Singapore reminds us of Burnham and the PNC’s colossal failure
AUGUST 23, 2014 | : Kaieteur News| M. Maxwell.

Guyana and Singapore started at fairly similar points of economic development in the early sixties. Guyana had the advantage of far greater resources and a smaller population base. Today, Singapore is a developed nation and economic powerhouse while Guyana paddles around in the gutter economically.
Singapore  Guyana  PNC  economic_development  economic_stagnation  Lee_Kuan_Yew  LFSB 
march 2015 by jerryking
From jungle to juggernaut: How Singapore pulled off its economic miracle - The Globe and Mail
IAN McGUGAN
From jungle to juggernaut: How Singapore pulled off its economic miracle
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Singapore  economic_development  Lee_Kuan_Yew 
march 2015 by jerryking
Can-Do Lee Kuan Yew - NYTimes.com
MARCH 23, 2015
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Roger Cohen

The measure of that achievement is that the ingredients of disaster abounded in Singapore, a country that is “not supposed to exist and cannot exist,” as Lee said in a 2007 interview with The New York Times. “We don’t have the ingredients of a nation,” he noted, “the elementary factors: a homogeneous population, common language, common culture and common destiny.” Instead, it had a combustible ethnic and religious hodgepodge of Chinese, Malays and Indians gathered in a city-state of no natural resources....The fact that the elements for cataclysm exist does not mean that cataclysm is inevitable. Lee demonstrated this in an age where the general cacophony, and the need to manage and spin every political minute, makes statesmanship ever more elusive. The determining factor is leadership. What defines leadership above all is conviction, discipline in the pursuit of a goal, adaptability in the interest of the general good, and far-sightedness.

Lee’s only religion was pragmatism, of which religion (as generally understood) is the enemy, because, to some adherents, it offers revealed truths that are fact-resistant. Any ideology that abhors facts is problematic. (If you believe land is yours because it was deeded to you in the Bible, for example, but other people live there and have for centuries, you have an issue pregnant with violence.) Lee had one basic yardstick for policy: Does it work? It was the criterion of a forward-looking man for whom history was instructive but not imprisoning. He abhorred victimhood (an excuse for sloppy thinking and nationalist delusion) and corruption. He prized opportunity, meritocracy, the work ethic of the immigrant and education.
authoritarianism  city-states  far-sightedness  leaders  leadership  Lee_Kuan_Yew  nation_builders  obituaries  Roger_Cohen  Singapore  Southeast_Asia  statesmen  tributes  victimhood  work_ethic 
march 2015 by jerryking
A Statesman's Friendly Advice - WSJ.com
April 4, 2013 | WSJ | Peggy Noonan

Noonan: A Statesman's Friendly Advice, Singapore's Lee Kwan Yew on what makes America great—and what threatens its greatness. "Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States and the World," a gathering of Mr. Lee's interviews, speeches and writings.

Mr. Lee, of course, is the founder and inventor of modern Singapore. He made it a dynamo. He pushed it beyond its ethnic divisions and placed a bet that, though it is the smallest nation in southeast Asia has few natural resources, its people, if organized and unleashed within a system of economic incentive, would come to constitute the only resource that mattered. He was right. When he took office as prime minister, in 1959, per capita income was about $400 a year. Last year it was more than $50,000.

By PEGGY NOONAN
Peggy_Noonan  Singapore  America_in_Decline?  books  ethnic_divisions  competitiveness_of_nations  city-states  leaders  statesmen  Lee_Kuan_Yew 
april 2013 by jerryking
Leading His Troops by Example - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 7, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By DUNCAN MAVIN.
NYSE-listed China Security & Surveillance Technology Inc., based in
Shenzhen, China, manufactures and installs surveillance and security
equipment—cameras, alarm systems, thermal-imaging equipment, for
example—for corporate clients in China and Chinese government
organizations. It also offers a range of security support services, such
as monitoring and training services.

The private security industry is growing fast in China and is already
worth tens of billions of dollars by most estimates. CSST's revenue has
risen from $32.7 million in 2005 to $580.9 million last year. The
company estimates that 2010 will see the top line increase by as much as
30%. Founded in 2001, CSST has also gone through 16 acquisitions in the
past five years.
Asian  security_&_intelligence  security  Singapore  China  Lee_Kuan_Yew  surveillance  CFOs 
november 2010 by jerryking
The Saturday Profile - Days of Reflection for the Man Who Defined Singapore - Biography - NYTimes.com
September 10, 2010 | New York Times | By SETH MYDANS. The
stress of his wife’s illness is constant, he said, harder on him than
stresses he faced for years in the political arena. But repeatedly, in
looking back over his life, he returns to his moment of greatest
anguish, the expulsion of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965, when he wept
in public.

That trauma presented him with the challenge that has defined his life,
the creation and development of a stable and prosperous nation, always
on guard against conflict within its mixed population of Chinese, Malays
and Indians.

“We don’t have the ingredients of a nation, the elementary factors,” he
said three years ago in an interview with the International Herald
Tribune, “a homogeneous population, common language, common culture and
common destiny.”
Singapore  Lee_Kuan_Yew  leaders  aging  Southeast_Asia  city-states  statesmen 
september 2010 by jerryking

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