27 Jan '15, 4am

This piece by a great Singaporean ambassador captures what I love about this place. He confronts issues as they are

Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan is Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. This is an excerpt of a speech, “The Sovereignty of Small States”, given at the Singapore Perspectives organised by the Institute of Policy Studies held on Jan. 26, 2015. “Singapore is a small state located in Southeast Asia” What does ‘sovereignty’ mean to a small country like Singapore? We did not seek independence, but had independence thrust upon us. I have been told that Mr Lee Kuan Yew once said that ‘small island states are a political joke’. I have been told that Mr Lee Kuan Yew once said that ‘small island states are a political joke’. I cannot trace the source of that quote and if anyone can help I would be very grateful. But even if apocryphal, it implies a concept of sovereignty based on which our founding fathers s...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2015/01/ambassador-bilahari-tackles-...

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