Young S’poreans keen to hear MM Lee’s views

Dear Straits Times,

I refer to the 16 Jan 2011 report on the public response to MM Lee’s new book.

It is inappropriate to refer to MM Lee as Singapore’s founding leader as Singapore was never founded by MM Lee. Mr Cheo Ming Shen’s referral to MM Lee as being the equivalent of Singapore’s Nelson Mandela is also terribly wrong. MM Lee locked people up whereas Nelson Mandela was locked up. The two men are as different as night and day. Singapore’s equivalent of Nelson Mandela has to be either Dr Lim Hock Siew or Mr Chia Thye Poh who were locked up for 19 and 32 years respectively.

Whether MM Lee sees socio-economic debates from the country’s perspective or from the perspective of his own benefit is debatable. Take the example of the debate on million dollar minister salaries. If MM Lee didn’t care for himself but for his country only, he can always donate his million dollar salary to the country. But he doesn’t do that. Instead, he keeps his own million dollar salary.

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