Stating My Opinion.

I have never wanted to be involved in any political debate or discussions between my peers before. To me the word “politics” will always be a very sensitive and controversial topic. However, with the news of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death, this sparked an outrage of arguments, debates, and discussions over the social media platform and on various sites. What was the topic about? Yes, you guessed it “politics”. I don’t think this should be an appropriate time to either slam him for his wrong doings or policies. You may not agree with his way of ruling BUT with all the time that you had WHY do you need to choose this period to nit and pick all his flaws? You can post all the negative things about him last month or even the year before. It may not seem sensitive to you but what about his family? Imagine during one of your family member’s funeral and instead of mourning his/her death, people started listing his/her mistakes and disregards the family’s feeling. Do you not know how hurtful it is ALREADY knowing that some hated him for their whole life and still rubbing it into their wounds? While others are defending the deceased’s family, there you go talking about morale values and how Mr Lee does not have them all. First and foremost, by sending hurtful remarks and unintellectual comments really shows what kind of person you are. You must have been totally ignorant because YOU are the pot who calls the kettle black. Surely and clearly, Mr Lee did not do that. Yes I may seem biased in the sense that throughout this whole paragraph I am speaking up for him. Much to your surprised, no. I know what he did wrong as a leader or the decisions that he made or the policies that he implemented. In case you haven’t know and before you start typing out your self-righteous comments, I urged you to brush up on your history of Singapore too. You must give a person credit and gratitude for what he has done right and not done wrong. With great leadership comes with great responsibility. Honestly he had a choice to abandon this swampy state and let the then Malaysians rule over us which will include the increased ethnic riots and unequal status for other races. However, Mr Lee chose the other option. And may I ask those self-righteous people out there what is it? HE TOOK IT AS A WAKE UP CALL AND DECIDED TO ACHIEVE GREATER HEIGHTS FOR SINGAPORE AND STRIVE BETTER. He led a group which we now call them the heroes of Singapore (pioneer generation) to independence and guide them through the dark with his advices. Now what do we pampered, ungrateful, sheltered young generation have is because of them INCLUDING Mr Lee. Thus do not disregard the fact that Mr Lee do deserve the amount of respect and gratitude to him. Most of his actions and words to his opponent or those who could be a threat in developing Singapore may be harsh BUT if he is not then they will never change and Singapore will be doomed. In addition, some of you think that he didn’t PHYSICALLY build up this sunny island, however if there was not a great leader like him, will there even be a Singapore? Will you be able to enjoy the coldness of an air-con? Will you be able to have a roof over your head? Will you be able to have a state with almost no gangsters and hooligans around? Will we actually have a job? Will we even have an education? Could we even have public transportations? Could we have a fearful life in Singapore? Could we possibly experienced such comfortable living conditions now? COULD WE EVEN HAVE SG50? COULD WE? ASK YOURSELF. REFLECT ABOUT THE HURTFUL THINGS YOU HAVE SAID ABOUT HIM AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. MOURN NOW WHILE YOU CAN BECAUSE THERE WILL NEVER EVER BE A GREAT LEADER LIKE HIM FOR YEARS TO COME. Keep the hatred for him to yourself these few days and released it after the state funeral. That’s the least and basic respect that you MUST give to him.

For those who do not agree with me or think that my opinion is wrong, I will not apologise for it. I have stated that I am not taking sides but at least you should give him that simple amount of respect. BASIC MANNERS FOR A DECEASED PERSON.

I have said my piece and I am thankful to those that supported him or even paying their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Humans are no saints and we do make mistakes BUT what matters most is that you admit and recognised it, and … HE DID.

So do you admit your mistakes now?

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DEDICATED TO SINGAPORE’S LATE MM LEE KUAN YEW.

” Mr Lee Kuan Yew , Singapore’s founding father , has died at the age of 91.”

Quoted from the Straitstimes , and yes the inevitable has happened. As a young adult of 18 years , I have never seen Singapore grew from a slump to an economic hub or much rather a city. People said he ruled with an iron fist and to the extent some people opposed his way of ruling. I agree it may be a little stringent BUT would you rather have a soft hearted leader who gave in to all the citizens wishes or a capable leader who stands firm with his decisions and made choices that are advantageous to the country? At the end of the day we all want peace and a roof over our head and I am sure we will choose the second option. Having said that , through all my years of education be it in social studies , Mr Lee Kuan Yew has played a formidable role in everything. I respect him greatly and his foresight for Singapore. Nowadays I see the younger generation taking things for granted , for instant , the education that we have , the houses that we lived in , water and even electricity. Personally , I have classmates that complained how difficult it is to study in Singapore or how it is a chore to read. Yet again , have they ever reflect and come to terms that they are indeed privilege enough to afford education regardless of race , language and religion. Other countries are struggling with their education system and even with the recent news of how the parents of students in India helped them cheat during their exams and we all know that policies or rules have to be implemented to avoid loopholes like this. However , observing the younger generation of Singapore sending their condolences and writing tributes on how Mr Lee helped to achieve greater heights for Singapore really warm my heart.

Mr Lee speeches were all spoken with great power and much sincerity. Often I would google quotes said by him and read them with my upmost understanding and respect. I admire every single bit of him  from his love to Mrs Lee and his dedication to Singapore. Below are his famous / my favourite quotes by him.

“Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle-dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no way you can govern a Chinese society.”
– Lee Kuan Yew, The Man and His Ideas, 1997  (credit http://leewatch.info/quotes/)

“Without her, I would be a different man, with a different life… I should find solace in her 89 years of a life well lived. But at this moment of the final parting, my heart is heavy with sorrow and grief.” (credit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/singapore/11489177/Lee-Kuan-Yew-his-most-memorable-quotes.html)

“Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me to the grave and I feel that something is going wrong, I will get up.” ( credit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/singapore/11489177/Lee-Kuan-Yew-his-most-memorable-quotes.html)

“The regret is there’s such a narrow base to build this enormous edifice, so I’ve got to tell the next generation, please do not take for granted what’s been built.” (credit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31582842)

“The final verdict will not be in the obituaries. The final verdict will be when the PhD students dig out the archives, read my old papers, assess what my enemies have said, sift the evidence and seek the truth.

I’m not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honourable purpose.” (credit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31582842)

Chewing gum ban

Interview with BBC reporter, June 2000

“If you can’t think because you can’t chew, try a banana.” (credit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31582842)

“I always tried to be correct , not politically correct.” (credit from various sites)

As you can see from all these quotes , some were rather direct while others have a hidden meaning that needed some analysing. First and foremost whether you disagree or like it or not , without great and respectable leadership , you cannot lead a country through tough times and expect people to be your followers. Without prominent morals and values , a leader will be vulnerable to bribery and corruption. WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN. MR LEE DID ALL HE COULD TO MAKE SINGAPORE A SAFE COUNTRY . THANK YOU MR LEE KUAN YEW. NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS HOW SAD AND SHAKENED I WAS WHEN I RECEIVED THE NEWS. NO OTHER MAN OR LEADER CAN EVER REPLACED YOU. I SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR GREATNESS AND DEDICATION TO SINGAPORE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND REST ASSURED SINGAPORE WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS. GOODBYE MY NATION’S GRANDFATHER.