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  • Lee Kuan Yew on America

    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, is celebrating his 90th birthday today. I like to read his books and speeches because he can be so perceptive. In his latest book, One Man’s View of the World, he rightly praises America for its resilience and dynamism.

  • Lee Kuan Yew and Margaret Thatcher

    An amazing parallel runs through the political careers of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore, and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister. Both began their political career at the same time and stepped down as prime minister on the same day. Both laid down their office on November […]

  • Indira Gandhi and Lee Kuan Yew

    Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew is compared to Indira Gandhi by the Indian journalist, Sunanda Datta-Ray, who once worked for The Straits Times. In his book, Looking East to Look West, exploring India-Singapore relations, based on his interviews with MM Lee, he writes: Lee and Indira Gandhi shared a brutal commitment to power, an […]

  • Men In White: More

    Officials fallen out of favour were said to be airbrushed out of pictures in the Soviet era. Something similar happens in Men In White, the history of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party. Devan Nair vanishes from the pages of this book after he gives up his seat in parliament to become president in 1981. His […]

  • Men In White

    Stop press! Men In White, the history of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party, has been flying off the shelves of local bookstores and a third printing of 10,000 copies has been ordered, reports the Straits Times. Er, wouldn’t it be better to correct a few spelling mistakes and grammatical errors first? There are mistakes even […]