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LKY: How right, how wrong?/ June or Sept GE?

In Political governance on 10/04/2015 at 4:43 am

Not long after Mao’s death the Chinese Communist Party announced that he had been 70% right, 30% wrong. This official view has not changed despite the changes in China: from underachiever to wannabe great power, challenging US hegemony.

What does the PAP think about how right and wrong LKY had been? Going by the spin by the constructive, nation-building media, one assumes 100% right. LKY did no wrong. He even was a nice, compassionate human being. Btw, readers might like to be reminded that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a prisooner in Stalin’s gulag camps, reported that prisoners cried when Stalin died: there was even genuine grief among those who suffered because of his actions^.

And the vigilantism against those with the “unright” views, shows the PAP IB stroking the genuine respect that many S’poreans feel for LKY. To be fair, some of the anti-PAP views on LKY are going too far. Even at the more reasonable end of the “unright” views, TOC and P(olitican) Ravi seem to want to make him one of the crowd that did great and good things for S’pore. Hello guys, he was the head of the PAP and PM of S’pore. Surely the leader deserves a bit more credit than his team, even if it was a team effort?

Given that a general election could be held soon and he will feature prominently (“Want to respect LKY? No need monuments. Vote PAP. All the elected seats is a fitting tribute.”), what do voters think how right and how wrong he had been is what matters.

Will the 10%* of voters that voted for Tan Cheng Bock in PE2011 but who voted for the Oppo in GE 2011 vote PAP?

Surely a June 2015 GE is on the cards? After all, a 49-day mourning period period is acceptable in the Confucian tradition. A traditional 100-day mourning period would mean that the Sept school holidays is the earliest possible time for GE.

*Tony Tan and Dr Tan each had 35% of the vote: 70% supported these two PAP-aligned candidates. In GE, PAP only got 60% of the vote. Hence the 10% figure.

^Sentence Aadded at 5.30am.

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  1. My score for LKY has been 49% right ,51% wrong, now that Lee Kwan Yew has left the world, the lid is on the coffin ,I maintain this score, of course it is not for us to judge, “Judgement is mine sayeth the lord”

  2. GE in March/April 2016? It gives the MSM a chance to broadcast a series of LKY 1 year death anniversary specials and sway the fence sitters.

    • Too long after event means people would lose emotional connection and moved on and coverage can only partly revive it. And there can be cock-ups that the coverage can only mitigate.

  3. […] Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: LKY: How right, how wrong?/ June or Sept GE? – The Heart Truths: On Citizenry, Wealth and Equality in Singapore – Embracing your […]

  4. This is a brilliant economist from Cambridge latest view about the “economy wonder” created by Lee KY received at today at 9:53 AM.
    Perspiration without Inspiration. Singapore’s Role in the Asian Economic Boom.
    http://sonofadud.com/2015/04/02/perspiration-without-inspiration-singapores-role-in-the-asian-economic-boom/

    • Jack, Pls realise that what he says is nothing new. Local economists like Manu Baskaran, Donald Low, the ex GIC chief economist and many other economists have been debating these things and lobbying the govt to change its policies long before s/o JBJ decided to come back to s’pore. I also hope you realise that his wife and son are in London. S’pore is not his home unlike the economists I’ve cited.

  5. […] My guess is that PM needs her beside him in the coming GE campaign. I had written earlier: Surely a June 2015 GE is on the cards? After all, that a 49-day mourning period is acceptable in the Confucian tradition. A traditional 100-day mourning period would mean that the Sept school holidays is the earliest possible time for GE. https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/lky-how-right-how-wrong-june-or-sept-ge/ […]

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