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“Lee (Kuan Yew)’s view of Asian cultures is not only unsupportable but self-serving …The fact that Lee’s Singapore, a small city-state, needs a near-totalitarian police state to assert control over its citizens contradicts his assertion that everything would be all right if governments would refrain from interfering in the private affairs of the family. The proper way to cure the ills of industrial societies is not to impose the terror of a police state but to emphasize ethical education, give high regard to spiritual values, and promote high standards in culture and the arts.”
– Kim Dae Jung, Is Culture Destiny? – A
response to Lee Kuan Yew