15 Nov '11, 5am

When Silence Is Not Golden: A Reflection On Two Singaporean Prize Winners: Vincent Wijeysingha, Singa... #Singapore

When Silence Is Not Golden: A Reflection On Two Singaporean Prize Winners: Vincent Wijeysingha, Singa... #Singapore

Inexplicably, therefore, when the Ford’s Theater Society decided to select an Asian to receive the Lincoln Medal, and coming hot on the heels of last year’s recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu, it chose a man who has presided over the detention without trial (and torture) of almost 200 of his political opponents and the dismantling of civil society norms, not to mention the tampering of democratic features of his state to all but guarantee continued electoral success of his party. All while paying himself among the largest political salaries ever heard of in modern times, while the people have experienced the largest income disparity in the developed world. The announcement by the Executive Committee of the Board Trustees was answered by widespread incredulity in Singapore. It was not made clear exactly how Mr Lee Kuan Yew who, across 50 years, threatened his opponents with ...

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