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Kadir Jasin on Lee Kuan Yew multi-state visit to Malaysia:

Terlintas di fikiran saya adakah seorang negarawan Malaysia seperti Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad akan mendapat penghormatan dan keistimewaan yang serupa kalau beliau melawat Singapura?

I wonder if a Malaysian statesman like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be received with respect and given special treatment should he visit Singapore?

Well, for one, Tun M doesn’t have any public office; Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore’s Minister Mentor. Secondly, Mahathir does get pretty well in Singapore considering how much he is hated by the political establishment there (see: how well he’s treated when he attends any NUS alumni event).

Jadi lawatan LKY ini bukanlah lawatan nostalgia. Ia adalah lawatan mencari maklumat dan risikan. Lawatan untuk mengenali dan mengukur kepintaran para pembesar Malaysia. Lawatan untuk mengajar anak buahnya untuk mengenali barisan baru kepemimpinan Malaysia.

Therefore LKY’s visit is not a nostalgic trip. It’s a fact-finding and reconnaissance visit. A visit to get to know and measure the intelligence of Malaysia’s leaders. A visit to teach those under him about the new leadership front of Malaysia

Well, duh. If there is anyone in our ruling class that doesn’t know this, they should resign immediately out of sheer stupidity. If LKY wanted a nostalgic trip, he didn’t need to take a state visit to Malaysia.

And then he drives to the point:

Inilah keistimewaan Singapura. Ia sangat mengutamakan maklumat dan risikan. Dan tidak seperti negara kita yang meminggir dan mencemuh Dr Mahathir, Singapura memaksimumkan penggunaan LKY sebagai guru dan diplomat luar biasa untuk menarik pelaburan asing dan menebarkan pengaruh Singapura sebagai kuasa ekonomi serantau.

It’s Dr Mahathir’s fault isn’t it? He picked someone compliant and agreeable and was shocked that 1) he himself didn’t have as much sway on him as his family members and 2) his successor would like to think for himself. Say, how many deputies have Lee Kuan Yew unceremoniously fired, or worse, have jailed for trumped up charges?

In as much as I hate the PAP and the system they have created in Singapore, Mahathir is no where near the class and intelligence of Lee Kuan Yew, and definitely no where near Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy.

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