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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Lege et lacrima



A gracious Singapore? Not in my lifetime: MM

[A]ttaining a gracious society will take more time, said Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Monday at a dialogue marking the 40th anniversary of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Iseas).

In fact, he believes it will not happen in his lifetime.

"I will not see it, maybe you will live long enough to see it; I wish you well," he told 48-year-old economics academic Euston Quah to laughter from the audience of diplomats, academics and government leaders.

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[T]he idea of a gracious society — "where people are considerate to one another, where you don't make more noise to upset your neighbor than you need to, where you tell the other motorist, please have the right of way" — was "harder to come by", [sic] said Mr Lee.

"It will take time, but I hope it will come with cultivated living over a long period of time."

(Xueying, Li.  "A gracious Singapore? Not in my lifetime: MM."  The Straits Times [Singapore] 9 January 2008, Home: 9.)

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It's not so crazy or bitter when it is said by your Dear Leader, isn't it?

Gee, I wonder why. Could it be because you are sycophants or lemmings?

Both, perhaps?


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