Tag Archives: Wong Kan Seng

WONG KAN SENG: LKY HAD STRONG VIEWS BUT ALSO LISTENED

Throughout his 6 decades of public service, the late Mr Lee had only one mission – and that was to create a better life for all Singaporeans. In one generation, Singapore was transformed. The results of Mr Lee’s lifelong dedication are all over Singapore. No words can truly describe or reflect his contributions and the great impact he made on the lives of millions of Singaporeans, including mine. His policies enabled me, son of hawker parents, to become a deputy prime minister. Many poor families’ children have done well too. ... Social mobility is not an abstract theory in Singapore.

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TERRORISM EXPERTS: DETAINING HARDLINERS INDEFINITELY IS THE SOLUTION TO TERRORISM

When it comes to the most hardline of terrorist suspects, the solution for now would be to detain them indefinitely, as it is challenging to rehabilitate them even after years of effort. This was the general sentiment shared by speakers yesterday — including the Republic’s former security tsar Wong Kan Seng — at the RSIS-Singapore Press Holdings Seminar on the emergence of the Islamic State militant group and its implications.

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SINGAPORE’S IMPOTENT IMMIGRATION POLICY

If we go beyond the immediate problem to more remote causes, we come to matters of national identity. Singapore’s state-constructed national identity rests on a firm foundation of racial stereotypes and smug confidence in the superiority of Singapore as a ‘success’ that ‘punches above its weight’ and is a ‘model’ to the world. The smug confidence may be slipping a bit in the wake of a litany of government failures, but it still has life in it; and the racial stereotyping is stronger than ever.

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