29 Nov '13, 9am

Singapore's turn is coming

Singapore's turn is coming

Mr Lee Kuan Yew once boasted that East Asia was successful because of its Asian values which placed discipline over democracy, communities over individuals. It was code for continuing authoritarian control over democratic accountability. Of course, that was 30 years ago. Then, the so-called Asian tigers of South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, all under one-party rule, were sprinting ahead economically, unimpeded by (Western) democratic values that were alien to the Asian mind, or so Mr Lee claimed. But in a space of one's lifetime, dramatic changes have taken place throughout the Asian political topography. South Korea transitioned from a brutal dictatorship to a vibrant democracy, Taiwan evolved from Chiang Kai-shek's rule to a robust two-party system, the Philippines' People Power toppled strongman Ferdinand Marcos, and Indoneia overcame Suharto. Ironically, it is Indonesi...

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