11 Aug '11, 5am

Siew Kum Hong - Lee Kuan Yew – giant of a repressive decade

This article was first published on The Online Citizen on August 8, 2011 I consider myself a child of the ’80s. Born in 1975, I first became conscious of the world around me in the 1980s. Even by Singapore’s standards, there were a lot of changes in that decade. Many of these changes have gone on to become integral and fundamental to what Singapore is today. Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) were introduced in 1988. Much of the foundation of today’s transport system were laid, with the AYE, BKE, ECP and PIE being opened throughout the decade and the MRT being officially opened in 1988 (after a soft launch in 1987 with just five stations – I still remember my dad taking me to ride the train from Ang Mo Kio on its first day!). Even the hotly-debated topic today, the Elected Presidency, was first mooted in the 1980s. Echoes from the darker events of the ’80s still re...

Full article: http://siewkumhong.blogspot.com/2011/08/lee-kuan-yew-gian...

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