The Man and His Legacy- Lee Kuan Yew (LKY)...
A befitting statement...the online citizen writer gave a good account of the various policy award in the name of ex-MM LKY. In certain details the writer spelled out the various supporters of the prize awards by the insitutions in LKY's name...so his legacy can live in perpetuity.
In a mono-political world of PAP politics, it is never wrong to propagate and perpetuate the legacy of LKY..Look at other countries of authoritarian rule like North Korea..their president are revered as demi-god...Past China Mao Tse Tung never died and is well-embalmed for his legacy of building Communist China.
Singapore will go down in history with a founder father figure...As it is many sectors of society from PA, CC, RC, government -link organization, NTUC and as mentioned by Online-citizen, Media-corps , DBS and SLA all supported every move to glorify the legacy of LKY.
Looking at it from a broad perspective of Singapore, many may refute my opinion, S'pore will go into the annals as a small country made good by one great man, with the aspiration of other men to help him built a legacy of an incredible successful S'pore. Hence, credit should also be shared by the other old guards..like Goh Keng Swee, S Rajaratnam, Toh Chin Chye etc..Though without LKY's leadership, S'pore may not be what it would be today!
So, his legacy will live on till posterity or otherwise. Nevertheless, naming too many price and award in his name is seen as perpetuating his name till "thy kingdom cometh"...It may not go down well with many, in view of the gaffs and bloopers of recent years of mistakes made by PAP and the old patriarch himself.
S'pore has come a long way with PAP... But the awakening of GE 2011 was a searching of minds and emotions of people that whatever legacy LKY held before...it just take a snap of the index finger and thumb, to be blown off by the very scholars of the new generation of over-enthusiastic, over-eager, and over-garrulous newbie PAP ministers and MPs as stated in the Sunday Times today... IT IS THE HARD TRUTHS....Even Baey Yam Keng (a season MP) is not spared, by the way he handled the Sun Xu affair..
Let us open our mindset of thoughts and conscientious effort to be proud of our motherland S'pore's achievement with or with a lasting legacy of Lee Kuan Yew...But then can anyone refute that ?
Though one swallow cannot make the summer!
patrick lee song juan