How To Govern a Chinese Society

March 21, 2004
Singapore Democrats

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“Supposing Catherine Lim was writing about me and not the prime minister…She would not dare, right? Because my posture, my response has been such that nobody doubts that if you take me on, I will put on knuckle-dusters and catch you in a cul de sac…Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no other way you can govern a Chinese society.”
– SM Lee Kuan Yew, The Man and His Ideas, 1997

“I want to thank the KMT and PFP parties for their criticisms and suggestions during this campaign period. Taiwan’s democracy will only make progress if the ruling and opposition parties engage in serious monitoring and mutual criticism…In Taiwan, we have full democracy, and our freedom and democracy are fully protected. We do not wish to return to the era of authoritarianism.”
– President of Taiwan Chen Shui Bian, Mar 21, 2004