11 October, 2007

Singa-Boleh-pore ?

Few years back :

MM Lee said Malaysian state of Johor, which is linked to Singapore by a causeway, was "notorious for shootings, muggings and carjackings."

Not so long ago :

"Arrogant and disrespectful," that was what Tun Mahathir Mohamad slammed Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew for his insulting remarks about Malaysian and Indonesia’s treatment of the Chinese community last year.

Lee Kuan Yew said the attitude of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia towards Singapore was shaped by the way they treat their own ethnic Chinese minorities.

"Our neighbours both have problems with their Chinese. They are successful. They are hardworking and therefore they are systemically marginalised," he said.

Indonesia and Malaysia "want Singapore, to put it simply, to be like their Chinese — compliant", Lee said.

"The biggest mistake any Singaporean can make is to believe that Singapore is an ordinary country and can behave like an ordinary country like Malaysia, like Indonesia, like Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark," he was quoted by the Straits Times as saying over the weekend.

Still not so long ago:

"Feeling that S'pore investors 'are not welcome in IDR'", MM Lee compared the IDR's impact on us, to Shenzhen in China rivalling Hong Kong commercially.

In the Berita Harian interview which was conducted in English, he had said: 'It is one thing for the opposition party PAS to knock the Malaysian Prime Minister down, but when Umno leaders, especially from Johor, hit out in the same vein, potential investors from Singapore must seriously ask themselves when these attitudes will change, and how welcome their investments will be.'

However, the Malaysian papers translated the words 'knock...down' as 'menjatuhkan' which, when referring to leaders, can also be interpreted as 'topple'.

The word 'topple' was enough to sent PAS, Johor Umno & Malaysians into a rage. Many accusing Minister Mentor of playing certain factions in Malaysia against PM Abdullah Badawi.


Now, MM: S'pore 'happy' to go back to M'sia if ...

SOME 10 years after he publicly broached the idea of a Singapore-Malaysia reunion — to raised eyebrows all around — Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has spoken about the topic once again.
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In a recent interview with American journalist Tom Plate, Mr Lee said Singapore would be "happy" to go back to Malaysia should the latter practise meritocracy.

When Mr Plate asked Mr Lee who he thought would "come after" Singapore, the Minister Mentor said: "We are a standing indictment of all the things that they (Malaysia) can be doing differently …
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"If they would just educate the Chinese and Indians, use them and treat them as their citizens, they can equal us and even do better than us and we would be happy to rejoin them."

Said Dr Ooi Kee Beng, an Institute of South-east Asian Studies (Iseas) fellow: "The chances of a re-merger in 1996 and in 2007 are the same — Zero."
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While bilateral economic links would continue to increase, Malaysia is far from ditching its decades-old bumiputera policy, "where race-based affirmative action … has disqualified efficacy as the criterion for policy correctness", Dr Ooi added.
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Dr Ooi added: "The very idea of a re-merger on Singapore's terms is appalling to most Malays (in Malaysia) and any move in that direction would be political suicide for a Malaysian politician to take."

Meanwhile,
Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has cited online news portal Malaysiakini as a credible source of information on the Internet in an interview last month with two media experts.

You can read the full transcript of the "Tom Plate and Jeffrey Cole interview Lee Kuan Yew" here

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether u like it or not, Singapore is a small superpower and has help tens of thousands of Malaysians live a better life and give them new hope and new life. Singapore is indeed BOLEH

October 12, 2007 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter what I see Spore eventually rejoining M'sia. Natural resources are getting scarce at the tiny red dot.
It may not happen in the next 50 years doesn't mean it wouldn't happen in a hundred years.

October 12, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Linken Lim said...

No doubt Singapore is a tiny superpower, and the Lee Dynasty has indeed help many of us here in bolehland.

To see Singapore rejoining Malaysia, I doubt I can still wait that long to see in my life, let the next generation witness the historic happening lah!

October 12, 2007 7:17 PM  

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