When I was notified about Barr’s new book, I jumped at the chance to read and review it.
This book will probably take you more than a couple of hours to read, if you’re reading it carefully. I like to keep in mind that it takes the author/scholar/historian far more than 10x that amount of time to research, write, and edit the book!
I posted a review of Michael Barr’s other book, The Ruling Elite of Singapore, back in March 2014. Holy Smokes, that’s a solid half decade ago.
Anyway, on to the review proper…
Great post via X’Ho in March 2015, with many pertinent points mentioned (based on a comment by netizen “hortensisus_truth,” saved by X’Ho).
See #14 to see which minister described the PAP as shouting “Fire” while committing arson.
Excerpts from “Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore”
by T. J. S. George (1973)
Link: Amazon | NLB
Excerpts from “‘The Fundamental Issue is Anti-colonialism, Not Merger’: Singapore’s ‘Progressive Left’, Operation Coldstore, and the Creation of Malaysia”
by Thum Ping Tjin (2013)
PDF Link to Journal Article: Academia.edu
Excerpt from longer speech below:
“The PAP is endangering democracy. . .parliamentary democracy under the PAP has already become Fascist dictatorship.”
— Dr. Lee Siew Choh (1963)
I saw a picture of Dr. Hong Lysa the other day, which reminded me of one of LKY’s quotes.
* Thanks to FMT for featuring this as their highlight story.
During this time of mass sympathising, I think it is important to keep certain things in perspective.