Monday, June 18, 2007

Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959-1990. During this time he transformed the nation from a struggling backward state into a dynamic, prosperous, educated country, encouraging hard work,thrift, and discipline. The Malay attitude was replaced with the Chinese one( these ethnic groups possess differing 'Maximizing postulates')

Singapore was small, with few natural resources. Lee 'coordinated ' the interaction of labor, management, and government. Foreign investment was encouraged, industrialization rapidly expanded, finished goods became the main export- in Asia, only Japan has a higher per capita income.

Lee is authoritarian- he sues his political opponents into bankruptcy; he has eliminated trial by Jury. English is the official language of the workplace.

Singapore practices eugenics- college educated women are given monetary incentives to have children, while uneducated women are given grants for homes if they are sterilized after having one or two children.

Lee gave Singapore prosperity and conformity.


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