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“If it is not totalitarian to arrest a man and detain him, when you cannot charge him with any offence against any written law – if that is not what we have always cried out against in Fascist states – then what is it?”
– Opposition leader Lee Kuan Yew, Legislative Assembly Debates, Sept 21, 1955
“We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don’t do that, the country would be in ruins.”
– Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, 1986