Thursday, August 6

Lee Kuan Yew does not see Singapore gov’t getting populist


SINGAPORE: Singapore’s former minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew said he does not see the Singapore government becoming somewhat weaker or getting populist after losing a group representation constituency to the opposition in the general election earlier this year, reports Xinhua News.

Local daily Straits Times on Wednesday quoted Lee as saying that “losing a GRC (group representation constituency) and six seats in the parliament is not a disaster.”

“It is just a change in the mood of the people,” he said.

Lee said the future will depend on how the opposition behaves and how the government reacts.

“It’s not a game of appeal,” he said.

Nevertheless, Lee said he expected the immigration flow to slow for a period of time to come as the local residents do not want to see so many foreigners on the trains, though they will realize that it is necessary for Singapore to have immigrants.

He also said that the grouping of BRICS, referring to countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, was just a convenient acronym and that he did not see the confluence of interests over a prolonged period of time.