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李光耀的纽约时报专访

02/10/10

作者/来源:trulysingapore (28-9-2010)
http://trulysingapore.wordpress.com
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尊敬的李资政,

这是有关你在纽约时报的专访,今日报于2010年9月13日报导。

那些所谓的偉大成就是由一群新加坡人而非一个人单独完成的。所以你可以毫无遗憾的离去,新加坡人会继续去建设更多的就象他们自1819年以来的成就。另外,也不必担忧是否还有第二次机会。从新加坡在日本占领后可以强力恢复生机来看,如有必要的话新加坡必然会再度回弹。

你对种族政治的关注是可以理解的,不要忘记了马绍尔,蒂凡那,惹耶勒南是少数民族候选人,他们靠多数票中选,远远早于建屋局施行的种族整合政策。

英语文虽然有助我们联系世界从而得到发展,广东话,韩语,华语也为香港,韩国与台湾带来发展。中国在过去20年里的发展亦没有很强的英语文联系。

我们今天的生活源自莱弗士在新加坡开埠的那一天。没有他也就不会有新加坡。从约150前开埠以来新加坡各阶层人士的辛勤劳作和企业家精神奠定了一个强大的基础,现代化的新加坡就是从这个基石上成长起来。催化新加坡快速发展的成功方案来自Dr Albert Winsemius,没有他的贡献就不会有现代新加坡。

你应可放心,你所说的和你斗争的共产党和其杀手队是在马来亚。他们在马来亚而你是在新加坡,你如何与他们进行决斗是件不可理解的神秘事件。新加坡人必然会尊敬你是位真正的英雄,如果当年你用你的胆量和魄力去和日本人对抗,就象林谋盛和雅南少尉一样,而不是去替日本人工作。

没有一丁点的怀疑,你和人民行动党都没有贪汚。你的酬劳比陈水扁在任8年期间藏匿的贪污所得来得多。如果你去问陈水扁,要他选择新加坡式的百万薪金或者是台湾式的贪污,他应该是会选择新加坡的模式。

如果一名记者根据事实报导了亚洲区内的政治朝代传承,为何要控告他?这是否是件事实,或者是裙带关系的诽谤,由你开始的总理职位如今是由你的儿子接替?

你怎么能够把无辜的人关上几十年,剥夺了他们人生中最宝贵的年华,说这样做是正当的呢?你说过‘直到1962年为止,新加坡有无数的罢工。到了1969年,没有一宗罢工。在7年间工业关系有了全面的改变’。换言之,左翼活动到了1969年已经在大体上消灭了。那么,你为何还要继续囚禁林福寿医生和谢太宝,分别直到1982年和1998年呢?你是说一名受英文教育的林医生在玩弄华人语言和文化课题?

把新加坡的左翼运动看成是一个杀手队,说他们相信一颗子弹,一张选票,这种说法是没有真实性的。可否让我见识一颗由左翼分子在新加坡射击的子弹。如果你要告诉我说,在马来亚射击的一颗子弹等同在新加坡射击的一颗子弹,那么,你倒不如也让我见识那些在越南,中国,苏联与古巴使用过的子弹。

当年,你镇压华语文时引发了不少争议。这个行动的目的依旧是个争议中的课题。但从中产生了一个实质的后果。打倒了华语文也表示征服了华语文群体的势力,这一种改变有利受英文教育者,比如你自已就从中得益,不论这是否是个预谋。

原文来源:http://trulysingapore.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/mm-lees-interview-with-the-new-york-times/

MM Lee’s interview with The New York Times
September 28, 2010 by trulysingapore

Dear MM Lee,

I refer to your interview with The New York Times as reported by Today on 13 Sept 2010.

The so-called enormous edifice we have today was built by Singaporeans, not any one man. So you can go with no regrets knowing that Singaporeans will continue to build on this edifice as they have been doing so since 1819. Also, don’t worry about second chances too. If Singapore can bounce back so strongly after the Japanese occupation, it can bounce back again if necessary.

While your concern for racial politics is understandable, do not forget that David Marshall, Devan Nair and JB Jeyaratnam were minority candidates voted in by the majority long before HDB’s racial integration rules were entrenched.

While English has given us progress by connecting us to the world, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin have similarly given progress to Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan respectively. China’s progress for the last twenty years comes without a strong English connection.

The life that we are enjoying today started with Sir Stamford Raffles. Without him there would have been no Singapore. For nearly 150 years since the time of our founding, the hard work and enterprise of Singaporeans from all walks of life helped lay the strong foundation upon which modern Singapore would eventually rise. But the catalyst that would propel Singapore forward came from a winning formula by Dr Albert Winsemius without whom there would have been no modern Singapore.

It might relieve you to know that the communists and killer squads you supposedly fought were in Malaya. How you fought them when they were in Malaya while you were in Singapore is a mystery. Singaporeans would have had a true hero had you used your guts and gumption to fight the Japanese like Lim Bo Seng and Lt Adnan instead of just working for them.

There is not an ounce of doubt that you and the PAP are absolutely incorruptible. You are paid more than what Chen Shui Bian could stash away over eight years. If you asked Chen Shui Bian to choose between million dollar salaries in Singapore versus million dollar corruption in Taiwan, he would probably have chosen Singapore.

If a journalist makes a factual report of political dynasties across Asia, why should he get sued? Is it a statement of fact or an allegation of nepotism that the prime ministership which you started is now passed on to your son?

How can you say that locking innocent people up for decades and robbing them of the most fruitful years of their lives is honourable? You once said: “Until 1962, Singapore had endless strikes. By 1969, there were none. In seven years, industrial relations had been transformed profoundly”. In other words, the leftist movement had been largely extinguished by 1969. Why then did you continue to lock up Dr Lim Hock Siew and Chia Thye Poh until 1982 and 1998 respectively? Can you say that Dr Lim was playing on Chinese language and culture when he is essentially English educated?

There is no truth to the saying that the leftist movement in Singapore were killer squads who believed in one bullet, one vote. Show me one single bullet fired by the leftists in Singapore. If you are telling me that a bullet fired in Malaya means a bullet fired in Singapore, then you might as well show me all the bullets fired in Vietnam, China, Russia and Cuba.

There was at that time a lot of controversy with your keeping down the Chinese language. There is no end to debate on the purpose that it served. But there is one tangible outcome that came out of it. The breaking of the Chinese language also meant the breaking of the power of the Chinese speaking masses, a turn of event that would benefit English speaking leaders like yourself immensely whether or not it was intended to be that way.

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