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“The US has a very active citizenry, always ready to organise themselves and solve their own problems, without waiting for the government… Singaporeans who have worked and studied in the US pick up some of these values and norms…Singaporeans are less active in organising ourselves than Americans.”
– Lee Hsien Loong, speech at Harvard Club, Straits Times, Jan 7, 2004
“What people mean by consultation is an imitation of what they see in America; pressure groups and lobby groups..It’s an unthinking adoption of Western practices of development without any pruning and modification to suit our circumstances.”
– Lee Kuan Yew, The Man & His Ideas, 1997