You tell them, Minister Lim

The Rhetoric

“Unlike some other countries, Singaporeans trust their government. This trust lies not just in proven performance but it also comes from being consistently upfront with the people. Almost to a fault, the Government makes it a point to tell it like it is.”
Minister Raymond Lim, Straits Times, Jan 12, 2004.

The Reality

“You’ll find it very difficult to read us because in many other or some other places, there is a lot of exciting teeter-totter and gossip which leaks out and then you wonder at whose throat. But it doesn’t happen here.”
DPM Lee Hsien Loong, CNBC, Jan 10, 2001

“The Government governs as it judges wise and best…It does not stand up and say, ‘Here are all the things, here are all the data, here are my national secrets, here are my defence secrets, here are my foreign policy moves, and here are my inner most reserves.’ No government in the world does that.”
DPM Lee Hsien Loong in reply to JB Jeyeratnam’s query on the national reserves, Parliament, May 16, 2001

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