When he passed on, the national grief was palpable. In fact, there is no such magic formula for longevity in political life other than the simple and the obvious: just honour your promises; do not corrupt and debauch your party. But in so far as independent Singapore is concerned, only independence was established in 1965, Singapore itself was established much earlier in 1819. Lee's case, he compensated this trait by selecting only highly capable people on his team that will rise to the challenge if they think they had a better solution some of them, at least. However, he was democratically elected--meaning that he did not come into power by force. Singapore has a big ethnic-Chinese majority with significant Malay and Indian minorities. We in Malaya are now seeing British domination after over a hundred years enter its last phase.
Not only did he suppress Malay communalism, but he killed the racial institutions of the Chinese, including Chinese schools and colleges, and he wiped out their secret societies. First things first: hat tip to the answer that inspired this one: I could not agree more. Courage If anybody had the heart of a lion, it would be Mr Lee. When we would take trips to Singapore from our home further up the Malay peninsula in Kuala Lumpur, we would know that everything could be done more efficiently in Singapore, but that you would have to watch your step in various ways. He said things that leaders of much larger and more powerful countries may well have thought and may have liked to say, but for one reason or another, could not themselves prudently say. And on down a long line—including of course Mao Zedong, then a decade-plus into his control of China. As a result, Singapore has four official languages — English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil.
Or cane you if he saw you throw your trash into your neighbor's yard. His team of Cabinet Ministers and public officers pioneered unprecedented policies in building our economy, shaping our public housing, and binding our community. Rather, they were cabinet ministers with , and were great leaders in their own right. Ultimately, Lee Kuan Yew was very. It contributes us to improve and serve others in betterments. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader.
His dedication to her — and hers to him — were the stuff of fairy tales. Failure to observe these laws will result in stiff fines. He led a merger with Malaysia and then reversed his position to champion an independent Singapore in 1965. Once that decision was made, there was no stopping him. He stopped the interview at this point to regain his composure.
Just as with any leader, there is always room for improvement. However, is there a need to enforce a nationwide ban? And I saw no reason why they should be governing me; they're not superior. Tonight is such a moment in our lives… We begin a new chapter in the history of Singapore. If so, then how could it be further improved or strengthened. His straight talk certainly ruffled the feathers of some, and even offended others, but it was also a key aspect of gaining the trust of his followers. Lee, others may simply choose to comply and keep their opinions to themselves.
It would prevent leaders from being blindsided by blind-spots. Getting the Balance Right Even a great leader such as Lee Kuan Yew is not immune to making leadership mistakes. . When you want the light on, you make sure you click it and it is on. Lee led his team and his nation through good times and bad. That in most countries is considered treason. In his drive to achieve results quickly and effectively, there are ties when Mr.
She would not dare, right? The answer is — nothing. I happen to know how we got here and I know how we can unscramble it. No wonder Singapore was a basket case. His long-term goal setting and planning helped Singapore to achieve many accolades. Although Lee was in anguish at that point, he never gave up on his vision for Singapore. He has also written for The Hindu, Quartz and Scroll. Not many practicing politicians can present themselves simultaneously as geostrategists, and he managed to be taken that way.
While he does listen to feedback from his team members, there are times he simply decide to stick to his own ideas. Lee when they thought there was a better solution, and would complement him when he lagged the required skill sets. He went around in a Lexus instead of a European vehicle like other leaders. When you click it, the light goes off. Contrary to current analysis, Singapore was too fragile for democracy, he said. We need to be better than others, just to survive. Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.