Lee Kuan Yew Analysis

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In his article titled “The Lee Kuan Yew as Singapore’s History” Hong Lysa analyzed the underlying significance of viewing Lee Kuan Yew as Singapore’s History through reviewing Michael D. Barr’s article - Lee Kuan Yew: The Beliefs Behind the Man. According to Lysa, Singapore’s history should not be viewed just as an account of Lee Kuan Yew’s political careers, but also a form of tool that helps to shape Singapore’s future. In Hong Lysa’s essay, she demonstrated how Singapore’s history has been dominated by the story of Lee Kuan Yew. Studying history in Singapore’s education system, one will definitely come to learn about one of the greatest figure in Singapore’s history, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, and the contributions he made to Singapore, building…show more content…
However, Lee Kuan Yew’s memoirs are not just documentations of the past, but it is a tool to shape the future of Singapore. By instilling a sense of history, especially in the younger generations who enjoyed peace and stability, it is a reminder to them that all these were not to be taken for granted. It also gave them the meanings of citizenship in Singapore, the cultures and values the nation holds, and lastly, to prevent any political discourse that may present as a threat. For example when Singapore just started out on its own, it faces the threat of communism. Lee Kuan Yew used Lim’s story as a prevention of communism, by warning the citizens through showing them the consequences Lim had to go through. Besides that, through these memoirs it is also a reminder that his decisions, while it may not be popular, are always made for Singapore 's benefit. He is also known to rule Singapore with iron fist and overbearing authoritarian leadership, where he once said: “You have to decide whether you think he knows more or I know more. You have to decide whether you think he will give you the answer to Singapore’s future or I am likely to give you the better road to the future”. (Lysa, 2002, pp.546) Through publishing these memoirs, it is not only a narrative of Lee Kuan Yew’s contributions, but also of the sacrifice, courage and achievement of PAP. Therefore, the Lee Kuan Yew Story…show more content…
These policies in place were to ensure a brighter future of the next generation, a happy society and also a prosperous nation. However, all these ultimately may be geared towards the economic growth. For example, education system and child policies to ensure that more citizens in the next generation would be able to take up the roles of leadership in the country, contributing to its economy. Hence Hong Lysa argues that the LKY Story is not a historically objective narrative of Singapore’s past, but instrumental in its intention and purpose as all these policies created seemed to aim towards promoting the economic growth of Singapore. However, should economic growth be the number one priority when making these decisions? Economic growth should be a means to other ends, to achieve state of well-being for example. It should not be the ends, since promoting the
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