01 Oct '11, 10am

Overturning Lee Kuan Yew's legacy in Singapore

Analysis of Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew, intended for an audience not already familiar with the topic. Foreign Affairs : Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s storied first prime minister, gave his countrymen two things that elude most developing nations: stability and prosperity. Now, a new generation of Singaporeans with little recollection of Lee’s crusade against poverty and violence wants democracy as well. In pursuing greater political openness in two elections this year, they are challenging one of Lee’s most deeply ingrained beliefs: that development and stability do not necessarily go hand in hand with democracy. … Generational change also played a role in the PAP’s poor showing. Younger Singaporeans have no memory of the difficult economic conditions under which the party took power. They do not feel the same sense of gratitude to Lee Kuan Yew and his party as their parents...

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