“The answer against a bad elected government is to vote it out of office” – Lee Kuan Yew’s 1969 letter to veteran architect goes viral

Veteran architect Tay Kheng Soon revealed today that founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew wrote to him that “The answer against a bad elected government is to vote it out of office,” in a letter back in 1969.

Mr Tay, the architect behind iconic structures in Singapore like KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Golden Mile Complex and the People’s Park Complex, shared that he just stumbled upon the letter from Mr Lee, dated 4 July 1969, among his papers.

Mr Lee, who passed away at the age of 91 in 2015, wrote the 4-page letter in response to Mr Tay’s letter on why the jury system should not be abolished in Singapore. According to Mr Tay, Mr Lee concludes his signed letter as such:

“Finally, whether its bad judges bad law, fixed trials or generally bad government, nowhere has man devised a constitution which protects society from vicious and evil rulers.

“The answer against a bad elected government is to vote it out of office. The only answer against a bad government that refuses or cannot be voted out of office is armed revolution. These are simple fundamentals which all citizens, including Ministers, would do well never to lose sight of.”

Mr Tay has been critical of the Government in the past and has asserted recently that the People’s Action Party (PAP) Government should take a “drastic self initiated pay cut” in order to regain the moral authority he feels they have lost.

Last October, Mr Tay – who presently serves as Adjunct Professor at NUS’ Department of Architecture) – gave a talk on the past, present and future of Singapore.

In his talk, he touched on Lee Kuan Yew’s greatest achievements, his greatest mistakes and how Singapore can move forward in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era:

LKY's Greatest Achievements, LKY's Greatest Mistakes

In this clip, Tay Kheng Soon talks about LKY's Greatest Achievements and his Greatest Mistakes.This short video clip is an excerpt from 'The Future of Singapore Beyond the LKY Era', a public talk given by Professor Tay Kheng Soon on 6 October 2018 at The Projector hosted by Let's Talk. The full video may be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/letstalksg/videos/715388598815736/

Posted by Let's Talk Singapore on Friday, 12 October 2018

Controlling the Media

CONTROLLING THE MEDIA – Tay Kheng Soon recounts his involvement in the failed attempt to save the Singapore Herald which folded in 1971.This short video clip is an excerpt from 'The Future of Singapore Beyond the LKY Era', a public talk given by Professor Tay Kheng Soon on 6 October 2018 at The Projector hosted by Let's Talk. The full video may be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/letstalksg/videos/715388598815736/

Posted by Let's Talk Singapore on Saturday, 13 October 2018

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Veteran architect calls on PAP Govt to take a “drastic self initiated pay cut” to regain lost moral ground

I just found this letter in my files from Lee Kuan Yew to me in reply to my letter to him regarding why the jury system…

Posted by Tay Kheng Soon on Monday, 28 January 2019

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