Articles: Political Hors D'œuvre
31 March 1983
23 April 1979
"The Constitution grants citizens the rights to criticize their leaders because these leaders are human beings and not gods. It is only through the people's criticism and supervision that those leaders will make fewer mistakes, and only in this way that the people will avold the misfortune of having their lords and masters ride roughshod over them. Then, and only then, will the people be able to breathe freely."
- Chinese dissident Wei Jinsheng in his first trial, 1979. He was to spend 18 years in prison.
21 May 1971
"Singapore is a one-party state and bears the injuries that all one-party states do to themselves...In Singapore, the question is being asked more often these days : what is the point of being one of the best fed, best administered, best educated nations in Asia if that nation is also one of the least free?"
- The Australian, editorial, May 21, 1971
20 February 2019
"I pointed to an article with bold headlines reporting that the police had refused to allow the PAP to hold a rally at Empress Place, and then to the last paragraph where in small type it added the meeting would take place where we were now. I compared this with a prominent report about an SPA rally. This was flagrant bias."
- Lee Kuan Yew complaining about the Straits Times in 1959.
20 February 2019
"Let us get down to fundamentals. Is this an open, or is this a closed society? Is it a society where men can preach ideas - novel, unorthodox, heresies, to established churches and established governments - where there is a constant contest for men's hearts and minds on the basis of what is right, of what is just, of what is in the national interests, or is it a closed society where the mass media - the newspapaers, the journals, publications, TV, radio - either bound by sound or by sight, or both sound and sight, men's minds are fed with a constant drone of sycophantic support for a particular orthodox political philosophy? I am talking of the principle of the open society, the open debate, ideas, not intimidation, persuasion not coercion..."
- Lee Kuan Yew, Malaysian Parliamentary Debates, Dec 18, 1964