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“I say this to all Singaporeans. You have to feel passionately about Singapore. Being Singaporean should resonate in our hearts and minds. We built this country…We will fight and, if we must, die to defend our way of life and our home. To opt and emigrate is a cop-out.”
– Goh Chok Tong, National Day Rally, 1996
“Supposing I’m now 21, 22, what would I do? I would not be absorbed in wanting to change life in Singapore. I’m not responsible for Singapore…Why should I go and undertake this job and spend my whole life pushing this for a lot of people for whom nothing is good enough? I will have a fall-back position, which many are doing – have a house in Perth or Vancouver or Sydney, or an apartment in London, in case I need some place suddenly, and think about whether I go on to America.”
– Lee Kuan Yew, The Man & His Ideas, 1997