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FORMER DISSIDENT TURNED LKY FANBOY BEARS NO GRUDGES

In a lengthy interview with the media, former dissident turned local tycoon Ho Kwon Ping, founder of the luxurious hotel chain Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, raised plenty of eyebrows when he sang praises about the Singapore government and the late Lee Kuan Yew.

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HO KWON PING: THE NEXT 50 YEARS IN SINGAPORE POLITICS

Singapore achieved its enviable, probably unrivalled record of incorruptibility largely because Mr Lee Kuan Yew set a tone of governance which equated to an almost ascetic personal lifestyle. If future political leaders become blase about corruption, accepting it perhaps as part of the general cynicism of the New Normal, and value their occupation as similar to that of the well-paid investment bankers against whom their pay is benchmarked, rather than as an almost-sacred mission, then Singapore indeed will no longer be exceptional.

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