How do you make everyone learn English? Close down Chinese schools.
How do you make people pick up Mandarin? Abolish dialects.
How do you make people stop sticking chewing gums around? Ban the sale of chewing gums.
This has been LKY’s Singapore. I hope we do better in the years to come. But not the Lee Hsien Loong kind of ‘different’, not that kind of incompetence, that kind of ‘weak authoritarianism’. But reconciliation, respect, resolve, remake, rethink and revamp apt for a ‘great’ nation now faced with a crisis of cultural identity.
Good that people are ‘standing up’ after LKY’s death. Good that people now demand ‘respect’. Because that is what has been lacking in this country for decades.