5 more chapters and I’ll have completed reading Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore by T.J.S. George (pub. 1973).
Thought I’d share an interesting snippet from the book. I may add a few more snippets when I gather my thoughts for a review later.
Conversation between two friends — a visiting Asian editor and a PAP minister (Page 109):
EDITOR: I have just come from Djakarta and Manila. Nothing worked there. Here my telephone works, my flush flushes, everything is clean and antiseptic. Singapore is simply great.
MINISTER: All right, old chap, what’s bothering you?
EDITOR: Look, what does it all mean? What about people? Don’t they have minds? I see no evidence of people here having minds of their own, feelings of their own.
MINISTER: They are happy. See those modern high-rise buildings? We gave them decent places to live in.
EDITOR: What have you done to their minds?
MINISTER: Well, we are thinking about it. Having given them a clean city, modern amenities and a strong economy, we are now thinking of what culture we should give them.
EDITOR (after pause): Is the culture factory also going to be in the Jurong industrial estate?
End of conversation.