RIP Lee Kwan Yew


Murali did his undergraduate degree in molecular biology with a minor in biophysics from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He then changed direction and did his Masters in Philosophy also at NUS. Now, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

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15 Responses

  1. krogerfoot says:

    Thanks for this. Singapore is not a place I know much about, but the outpouring of respectful condolences and personal reflection I’m seeing from people I know who are from or have spent time in Singapore has been very affecting.Report

  2. North says:

    One of the great, terrible milestones of the journey into adulthood is burying one’s father. Now Singapore must shoulder that bleak burden and join the majority of orphaned nations who’s giants have passed into memory. I’m sure there will be statues but the Nation itself is the greatest testament. Rest in peace.Report

  3. Kolohe says:

    He’s not the autocrat that Southeast Asia deserved, but the one it needed. And literally the exception that proves the rule for all things Hayekian.Report

  4. LeeEsq says:

    Shouldn’t David Marshal have a role as a founder of Singapore? He was the first head of government with democratic legitimacy.

    Malaysia isn’t exactly an ideal multicultural state but calling it a Malay-Muslim apartheid state is a bit much in my opinion.Report

    • Glyph in reply to LeeEsq says:

      Can we call them “dirty flag-stealers” instead? 😉Report

    • Murali in reply to LeeEsq says:

      But Marshall didn’t get us independence from the British. LKY did.Report

      • LeeEsq in reply to Murali says:

        Marshall did help the Singaporeans achieve democratic self-rule though, that is a non-trivial achievement.Report

      • Murali in reply to Murali says:

        AFAIK Marshall was not involved in drafting the Rendel constitution. In fact, his Merdeka talks ended in failure. It is Lim Yew Hock, who after cracking down on the communists successfully negotiated with the British government for complete internal self government. He promptly lost the first elections which would have resulted in a fully elected parliament to Lee Kwan Yew.Report

    • Murali in reply to LeeEsq says:

      So, it doesn’t exactly disenfranchise non-Malays or prevent them from entering the city, but it is an extremely racist system. Not an ideal multicultural state is a severe understatement.Report

      • LeeEsq in reply to Murali says:

        My reading of Malaysian history informs me that the British pursued a deliberate policy of keeping Malays as rice-cultivating smallholders for nearly all of the British colonial period. They weren’t really allowed to enter or interact much with the modern but colonial economy. That was left to Chinese and Indian immigrants. This put Malaysians in the position of being a majority but an economically and culturally disadvantaged one at the time of independence and they felt they needed to catch up fast, so they implemented policies to do so.

        A lot of the Malay complaints about Chinese immigrants are the same as the Palestinian and Arab complaints about Jewish immigrants before Israel declared independence. That the indigenous population didn’t invite them but that a foreign occupying power, the Ottomans and British for Israel/Palestine and the British of Malaysia did, that the immigrants are dominating the culturally and economic spheres at the expense of the older population, and that the liberal/leftist values of the new comers conflicts with that of the native population. You seem to understand Palestinian complaints about Jewish immigration. It isn’t really that different from Malaysian issues with Chinese and Indian immigration.Report

      • Murali in reply to Murali says:

        I’m not that sympathetic to such complaints even from Palestenians. My objection is to the building of new settlements, disproportionate retaliation against Palestinians and the unequal treatment of Palestenians within Israel. In a one state situation, unequal treatment of minority Jews by a majority of Palestenians would be just as unacceptable.Report

  5. Jonathan McLeod says: