In a letter, the most read Friday 23rd in the Financial Times, one Frankie Leung from Los Angeles, CA, USA said the Lee family’s feud could not happen in Singapore as it sounded like a ‘banana republic’ saga.
“When the story broke that the prime minister’s younger brother and his wife had to flee the country to avoid political persecution, we thought it could only happen in a banana republic and not the Republic of Singapore,” the letter said.
He also wrote that When the Old Man (as Singapore’s late premier Lee Kuan Yew was fondly called) talked so eloquently about Asian values and propounded his interpretation of a brand of Confucianism, I had to bite my lip to stop laughing.
“No westerners and few Asians could possibly comprehend” what Lee said about his brand of Confucianism.
But, he said Lee’s version of pseudo-Confucianism had one cardinal tenet: a nation is an extension of one’s family (“Family feud puts focus on politics of dynasties”, June 17).
Hence a ruler has to discipline his children well so that they will set an example for the whole nation.
Bringing up children properly is a micro- demonstration of governing a nation well.
Hence children of a ruler have to avoid all scandals or appearances of improper behaviour. By and large, the Lee family live up to standards or expectations.
Hong Kong and Malaysia
Two peoples who are laughing the most at this recent family feud are the Hongkongers and the Malaysians, said the writer.
Hong Kong and Singapore have always been compared as a tale of two cities, while Singaporeans like to think their way of governance ought to put its neighbour Malaysia to shame.
The Lee family saga came to us as a big surprise.
We thought there was more to Mr Lee’s Asian values than not allowing citizens to chew gum or making it illegal not to flush the toilet properly!