Low Blow of the week

A video from All Singapore Stuff puts “Trump” statements to the public asking for a reaction.

Here’s the twist, the quotes weren’t uttered by Trump, they were Lee Kuan Yew’s words.

With it being his first death anniversary and all, All Singapore Stuff remembered him the only way they know how. With no dignity.

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The two quotes were, ,’If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it’ and “I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, inter-marriages and so on – than Muslims.”

The reactions were caught on video and the comments are as follow;

“Wow..That’s fuck up Trump.”, “That’s abit screwed up.”, “Kinda of rubbish-sy”

“What the…we do not agree. That is just wrong. Unjust.”

The passers-by were then asked about what they think if the quotes were made by a Singapore minister.

“Singapore minister would never say that. If they were , there would be a outcry”

“I think the sedition act would come down on him.”

But they were left shocked with their mouth opened when they were confronted with the truth that these quotes were in fact made by late founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

“I would say the same thing lar.”

“He say that?”

“You are joking right? But alot of people compare LKY to a dictator right? So you know, if you look at him from that perspective… if you see him from the Singapore education kind of perspective where Lee Kuan Yew is god then.. oh my god, is it real? It is just very untrue. it is just very hard to believe that came from Lee Kuan Yew.”

So where and when did Mr Lee made these quotes?

The first quote appeared in the Straits Times report on 17 August 2004, the newspaper reported that while commenting on Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s decision at Tiananmen Square in 1989, Mr Lee was quoted to say, “He took over, and he said: ‘If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it.’ in support of Deng’s decision.

So Mr Lee did not really make the statement himself but quoted it to support the actions at Tiananmen Square by Deng.

For the second quote, Mr Lee wrote in his book, Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, “I have to speak candidly to be of value, but I do not want to offend the Muslim community… I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, inter-marriages and so on – than Muslims… I would say, today, we can integrate all religions and races, except Islam.”.

After much controversy and negative response was brought about due to the above comment, Mr Lee issued a statement on 7 march 2011 to say how he stands corrected for his comment, “I made this one comment on the Muslims integrating with other communities probably two or three years ago. Ministers and MPs, both Malay and non-Malay, have since told me that Singapore Malays have indeed made special efforts to integrate with the other communities, especially since 9/11, and that my call is out of date.

“I stand corrected. I hope that this trend will continue in the future.”

Words originally by: The Online Citizen

While the late Lee Kuan Yew did say those things, comparing him to the likes of controversial US Presidential candidate and loose canon Donald Trump is a bit of a stretch.

While Lee was seen as many as a man with a ferocity and reputation for a no-nonsense approach, his actions didn’t promote xenophobia nor did we close our borders to foreigners. In fact we live in harmony despite the variety of ethnicities and religions.

Especially with us living in such close proximity with one another.

And picking out certain quotes just to paint a bad picture of a man unable to defend himself any further is a real low ball.

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Good on you All Singapore Stuff, hold that head up high. You’re really making a difference. What Singaporeans need is a wedge and divide very much everything Trump seems to stand for.

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