24 março 2015

Lee Kuan Yew

On giving the masses political power:
“When people say, ‘Oh, ask the people!’, it’s childish rubbish ... They say people can think for themselves? Do you honestly believe that the chap who can’t pass primary six knows the consequences of his choice when he answers a questions viscerally on language, culture and religion? ... we would starve, we would have race riots. We would disintegrate.”
— Quoted in Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas, 1998

On valuing prosperity over democracy:
“You’re talking about Rwanda or Bangladesh, or Cambodia, or the Philippines. They’ve got democracy ... But have you got a civilized life to lead? People want economic development first and foremost. The leaders may talk something else. You take a poll of any people. What is it they want? The right to write an editorial as you like? They want homes, medicine, jobs, schools.”
— Lee Kuan Yew, The Man and His Ideas, 1997

On opinion polls:
“I have never been over concerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.”
— The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, 1997

On his adversaries and critics:
“Because my posture, my response has been such that nobody doubts that if you take me on, I will put on knuckle-dusters and catch you in a cul-de-sac ... If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no other way you can govern a Chinese society.”
— Quoted in Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas, 1998

On meddling in citizens’ private lives:
“I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters – who your neighbor is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.” — Speaking to Straits Times newspaper, 1987

On Muslims:
“I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came. And if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration — friends, inter-marriages and so on — than Muslims ... I would say, today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam.” (Lee later retracted this comment.)
— Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, 2011

On media freedom:
“We allow American journalists in Singapore in order to report Singapore to their fellow countrymen ... But we cannot allow them to assume a role in Singapore that the American media play in America. That of invigilator, adversary and inquisitor of the administration.”
— Speech to American Society of Newspaper Editors, 1988


6 comentários:

Euro2cent disse...

Portanto um fulano que não acredita que a liberdade seja o bem supremo conseguiu fazer alguma coisa de jeito pela sua nação?


(Não vai sair em filme, pois não?)

Euro2cent disse...

Gaita, quase me esquecia: então e os ensinamentos da Ayn Rand, a autora do Mein Kampf do liberalismo?

Anónimo disse...

Como se Singapura fosse alguma coisa de jeito...e um centro comercial gigante habitado por uma maralha de zombies consumistas, deve ser isso que a China se ira transformar num futuro proximo.

Se e isso o fim da historia, help us God.


Pedro Sá disse...

O totalitarismo explicado às crianças.

josé disse...

Foda-se! Acabe lá com tanto "estrangeiro", carago!
Temos uma língua falada por 250 milhões!

ptgentleman disse...

Por acaso estive em Singapura há 2 semanas e gostei mesmo muito da cidade!

Quanto à maralha de zombies consumistas, há vidas piores! :D