Lee Kuan Yew

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Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew

If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you're putting yourself out of business.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you're putting yourself out of business.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind - an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow. If you can't force or are unwilling to force your people to follow you, with or without threats, you are not a leader.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that's the most unlikely thing ever to have been, because millions of years have passed over evolution, people have scattered across the face of this earth, been isolated from each other, developed independently, had different intermixtures between races, peoples, climates, soils... I didn't start off with that knowledge. But by observation, reading, watching, arguing, asking, that is the conclusion I've come to.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Supposing Catherine Lim was writing about me and not the prime minister...She would not dare, right? 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...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 other way you can govern a Chinese society.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalization.. I hold unconventional views about this.. I do not believe if you are a libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If, for instance, you put in a Malay officer who's very religious and who has family ties in Malaysia in charge of a machine gun unit, that's a very tricky business. We've got to know his background... I'm saying these things because they are real, and if I don't think that, and I think even if today the Prime Minister doesn't think carefully about this, I and my family could have a tragedy.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you'll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again and your asset values will disappear, your apartment will be worth a fraction of what it is, your jobs will be in peril, your security will be at risk and our women will become maids in other people's countries, foreign workers.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
That was the year the British decided to get out and sell everything. So I immediately held an election. I knew the people will be dead scared. And I won my bet big-time. The gullible fools!More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If Aljunied decides to go that way, well Aljunied has five years to live and repent.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If it is not totalitarian to arrest a man and detain him, when you cannot charge him with any offence against any written law – if that is not what we have always cried out against in Fascist states – then what is it?… If we are to survive as a free democracy, then we must be prepared, in principle, to concede to our enemies – even those who do not subscribe to our views – as much constitutional rights as you concede yourself.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But we either believe in democracy or we not. If we do, then, we must say categorically, without qualification, that no restraint from the any democratic processes, other than by the ordinary law of the land, should be allowed… If you believe in democracy, you must believe in it unconditionally. If you believe that men should be free, then, they should have the right of free association, of free speech, of free publication. Then, no law should permit those democratic processes to be set at nought.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What are our priorities? First, the welfare, the survival of the people. Then, democratic norms and processes which from time to time we have to suspend.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I’m not intellectually convinced that one-man, one-vote is the best. We practise it because that’s what the British bequeathed usMore Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you are a troublemaker…it’s our job to politically destroy you. Put it this way. As long as JB Jeyaretnam stands for what he stands for – a thoroughly destructive force – we will knock him. Everybody knows that in my bag I have a hatchet, and a very sharp one. You take me on, I take my hatchet, we meet in the cul-de-sac.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think in Singapore, we stand a chance of making the one-man-one-vote system work. With amendments as we have done, you know, like GRCs.. We need to make it work. And I believe with pragmatic adjustments, given these favourable conditions, we can have more open debate.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I feel sanguine enough to say that there has never been a better set of conditions for open democratic politics because there is no need for unified front politics.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is nothing to prevent you from pushing your propaganda, to push your programme out to the students or with the public at large…and if you can carry the ground, if you are right, you win. That’s democracy.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people don’t understand thisMore Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We have over a hundred political detainees, men against whom we are unable to prove anything in a court of law. Nearly 50 of them are men who gave us a great deal of anxiety during the years of Confrontation because they were Malay extremists. Your life and this dinner would not be what it is if my colleagues and I had decided to play it according to the rules of the game.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My colleagues and I are of that generation of young men who went through the Second World War and the Japanese Occupation and emerged determined that no one–neither Japanese nor British–had the right to push and kick us around. We determined that we could govern ourselves and bring up our children in a country where we can be proud to be self-respecting people.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is not the practice, now will I allow subversives to get away by insisting that I’ve got to prove everything against them in a court of law or [produce] evidence that will stand up to the strict rules of evidence of a court of law.More Lee Kuan Yew [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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