Articles: Political Hors D'œuvre

Losing roads for canals

21 July 2010

"Whatever we do when we get extraordinary rains like we had recently, no amount of engineering can prevent flooding... unless you want to lose half the roads and have canals." (Channel News Asia, 21 July 2010) 

- Lee Kuan Yew,
Minister Mentor

Singaporeans are ignorant

14 July 2010

"The Taiwanese are ruthless, Hong Kongers are shameless and Singaporeans are ignorant. People who are ignorant are not corrupt and reliable.” (Today, 14 July 2010)

- Lee Kuan Yew,
Minister Mentor
(Speaking at the inaugural Future China Global Forum Meeting)

Don't expect flood free Singapore

28 June 2010

Floods in Singapore cannot be avoided ... It is not possible to expect Singapore to be completely free of floods. (My Paper, 28 June 2010)

- Lee Hsien Loong,
Prime Minister

Daft Singaporeans

31 January 2010

It adds to their wealth and this is asset-enhancing policy Mr Lee believes citizens should not find fault with. If they do, they must be ‘daft’, he said…(Channel News Asia, Jan 2010)

- Lee Kuan Yew,
Minister Mentor

Spurs not stuck on Singaporeans' hinds

31 January 2010

I think the spurs are not stuck on your hinds. They are part of the herd, why-go-faster? (National Geographic, Jan 2010)

- Lee Kuan Yew,
Minister Mentor

A freak event once in 50 years

21 November 2009


"The thing we can accept is that we can only design our canal of a certain size, at the end of the day, we have to live with some of these occurrences which occurs once in 50 years or so." (Channel News Asia, 21 Dec 2006)

- Yaacob Ibrahim,
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

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"Yesterday's event, I was told by the PUB, occurs once every 50 years." (The Straits Times, 21 Nov 2009)

- Yaacob Ibrahim,
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources