23 May 2006

Singapore’s Lee Offers Korea Advice

South Korea learns a thing or two on the art of neo-facism:

MAY 20, 2006 02:59
by Mi-Kyung Jung (mickey@donga.com)

Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor of Singapore (former prime minister), stressed, “Korea’s further development into a first-class country in the world hinges on turning the “energy of conflict” into the “energy of harmony.”

At the 20th Inchon Memorial Lecture co-hosted by Dong-A Ilbo and Korea University on May 19, Lee advised that Korea should concentrate its energy on drawing up an agreement between social forces with different opinions and ideas, saying, “Korea is considered the ‘nation of conflict’ by foreigners despite its rapid economic development.” He added, “Korea will be able to develop further if it turns its intense energy deriving from conflicts between employer and employee, and between political parties toward its advance in the global market.”

Visiting Korea again in four years after his first visit in 2002, Lee received an honorary doctoral degree in Politics from Korea University and gave a special lecture on “the key to securing global talent and how to develop into a global university.”

In his lecture, he presented the three conditions of a successful country: leadership, stable political power, and consistent policies.

Lee, who is listed as one of the world-leading political leaders in the twentieth century, also said, “A true leader is one who can devise long-term strategies for the development of education and the economy.”

In the lecture, he warned that Korea’s competitive power against China in the area of high-technology might disappear rapidly with the advent of the “Century of China” thirty or forty years from now.

“To cultivate a global perspective and strengthen Korea’s national competitive power, multilingual ability is the most required. Most of all, master English and Chinese,” advised Lee.

Lee added that an economic alliance would be the general trend despite a continuance of the political conflict among Korea, China, and Japan over historical issues. “Through an ‘East Asian community’ embracing these three countries and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), we can have our voice heard in our economic negotiations with the United States and EU,” stressed Lee.

- via Singapore Election Watch

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shut up LKY, no one wants Park Chung Hee back in Power.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Once a statist, always a statist.

He believes in his own bullshit so much, that he reckons the whole friggin world has got to be modelled after Singapore—if it wants to be "successful". And to have "orderliness" and be "unity" - as long as the unity is in accordance with Lee's ideas.

The guy's a one-man United Nations travellin' from town to town peddlin' his snake oil.

Yeee hah!

PapaLee has 3 conditions for a "successful" country—and all of them are directly related to government.

Gee, I could only come up with one, and it had NOTHING TO DO with government: Happy People.

You know you have a "successful" country when the individuals in that country are happy, most of the time.

Anonymous said...

He's basically trying to justify his hefty pay. seriously, you think the koreans listen to him? What a joke. That country is so far ahead of us in so many aspects. They have Samsung, LG and Hyundai which can really put our Creative, Akira and Enzer to shame.
It's a bit like Ahmad Latiff trying to teach Andriv Shevchenko how to score goals. Know what I mean?