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Singapore is a small country with a very short history. The main political party is People Action Party (PAP).
This is totally inappropriate; such comparison should not even have been made in the first place.
When People are worried about not having money to fund a university degree, the advice given was "degrees are not important". On the other hand, we have Sex Blogger being granted scholarship; we have Mr 'Dog' being granted scholarship. Of course, we have to welcome the new addition to our Foreign Talent pool - Mr Yang Yin. Can't you see that the problem we have today is not Xenophobia but Xenomania instead?
The basis of the problem is very simple, let's recall Kishore Mahbubani's speech below.
PM Lee, what do you think the life of Singaporeans had become after you came on-board? How much do you value Singaporeans? "Today, Singaporeans have experienced the most dramatic DECREASE in standard of living that any people have experienced, probably ever since the beginning of man. And then you ask these People: Why ARE YOU revolting? Why ARE YOU going to Hong Lim Park? But why SHOULDN'T they?"
When pilots refused to fulfil the basis, this is what Mr Lee Kuan Yew did:
In Mr Lee Kuan Yew's speech, do you know why he mentioned "start all over again"? This is because he understood the Importance of Basis, when the basis is wrong, nothing will be right. Think of basis as the foundation of a building. From Mr Lee Kuan Yew's viewpoint above, if the foundation is wrong, and the architect refuses to correct it, it is better to get another architect to redo the foundation then to build on a shaky one.
Many people admired Mr Lee Kuan Yew and viewed him as a role model. So what do you think Mr Lee Kuan Yew would do if he had a leader who is Xenomania and refused to fulfil the basis of a leader?
[Side Notes: I understand there are people who are against LKY as well as GCT. There are also controversies on the "To Singapore, with Love" by Tan Pin Pin. However, please note that this book is about the "basis", and looks at issues from the People's perspective (non-politically) so as to explain why more and more Singaporeans are abandoning PAP]
[This is part of the book: Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power, click here to go to the main page]
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