Remembering Lee Kuan Yew – 1923 to 2015



“He ruled Singapore with an iron fist, and he left no chance to any of his competitors. He’s ruthless. He should’ve….”

“He started these CPF, opened the floodgates to foreigners who would then snatch the jobs of locals. He was wrong.”

“He should have just let Singapore have a change of Government. Otherwise, how would we know if others would do a better job than him?”

It’s day 2, and with one of the community tribute sites being just less than fifty meters away from where I work, it’s becoming kinda irritating to listen to, if not debating with, people who are having varying views of Singapore’s founding father, who passed away on Monday morning.

I’m not exactly a supporter of the PAP, nor am I a hater. Truth is, I admire Mr Lee, and being a person I am, I do not enjoy engaging in verbal debates over his contribution to Singapore for the whole of his life.

Is the reasoning even really necessary?

Yes, he ruled Singapore with an iron fist, and he left no chance to any of his oppositions. But if you were him, how would you do?

During his time as a PM, he set out plans for Singapore in stages of ten years each, and – correct me if I am wrong – in the first to second ten years, it was pretty much about housing, economic stability, and interior defence.

With so many things to do in just so little time, do you, or do we, think he had the luxury of having interruptions from the oppositions?

Yes, he could have been ruthless.

Yes, he could have been wrong.

But would he be right, should he was soft? Could we afford him to fall?

Nobody knows how life would be like, should he failed, but everyone is living the life now because he succeeded. Just look down on the floor that you are stepping on. It was build – not literally – by him and his team. Ever wondered where these come from?

We were “debating” with me shaking my head and people blabbering non-stop, at around 9pm in the evening. Try doing that in other less developed countries.

It is just so easy for everyone to say others could do a better job, but when the ones who would be affected are your children, your family, your relatives, or your generations to come, could you afford to “try” changing a government just so to “see” who would do better?

“It’s not a game of cards. It’s your life and mine.” – Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Mr Lee took no chances, and he took a huge gamble. He gave Singapore his word that we would survive, and he used his whole life to fulfil his promise.

I would have done that too, if I were him facing such a huge promise to keep.

“Heros of hard times (乱世出英雄)?” It’s just so easy when it’s not your son or daughter who are in the “hard times”.

We just can’t afford to have “hard times”, and is it really that hard to understand?

Yes, CPF is indeed a chore. But hey, many of us owns a flat, and do you really think everyone is able to use cash to finance their mortgage?

I own a four-room flat with an area of 107 square meters. That’s pretty huge. Guess how am I paying the mortgage?

Yeah, CPF, baby.

We’re enjoying the prosperity, and laughing at neighbouring countries’ corruption, yet at the same time putting on the masks of nay-sayers and putting down the contributions – with results very real in front of our eyes – of this man who worked till wee hours in the morning just so you could go out, enjoy, and then go home safely in – make a guess – wee hours in the same morning.

People, is that even necessary?

At least we do not have fighter jets without engines.

At least we do not have blackouts during elections.

At least we do not have a President who is a puppet of the rich and powerful. (I can’t provide any links, for I do not want unnecessary trouble. But we know who we’re talking about.)

Call me stupid for buying the government’s propaganda for all you want; laugh at me for being a supporter for all I care.

Decades ago, my paternal grandfather came to Singapore from China, Fujian, and survived WW2. Mr Lee came into power soon after. We (my father, actually) are still in contacts with our relatives from our “roots”, and looking at them while comparing ourselves now, it is a fact that I’m typing this on Facebook with my wireless keyboard looking at the screen of my iMac with a tissue in my hands, while they are blowing their noses on the floor.

My relatives back in Fujian don’t know, or can’t even access, Facebook.

Who benefited?

And no, he was not the one who opened the floodgates that poured in foreigners. Read up. And hey, I hate that as much as you do. But guess what? I know who exactly to blame, unlike you who are spraying the bullets of hate through your automatic rifle of ignorance.

No, foreigners did not snatch our jobs. It is the educated bunch of YOU who are looking down on jobs YOU deem unworthy.

His policies may not be right all the time, but he took a gamble, and he won, while you, reaping the fruits of his labour, are spitting the seeds in his face, even when he breathed his last breath.

He has since left us, the people of this country he built with his life. You may not like him, but please, just for this last time, leave him alone.

An emotional sight seen everywhere. Photo credits

And keep your laughable ignorance to yourself.

41c1d-originalAndy Lawson is the average man on the street that you’ll not even trouble yourself looking at him if he passes by you. He’s sensitive to bullshit, and he hates mediocrity in most people. He is the author of his self-published book: Facts and Fiction of Fengshui: Facts that Masters are NOT Telling You. He doesn’t have Facebook or Twitter, because he hates to be associated with people who tend to be passive-aggressive online, but he does have a very limited set of vocabularies, terrible grammar, a twisted mind that makes himself God in his own twisted world and an ability to communicate with people who wish to be his friend.


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