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2015/3/23 — 12:47



Whilst democracy and human rights are worthwhile ideas, we should be clear that the real objective is good government.



The weakness of democracy is that the assumption that all men and women are created equal and capable of equal contribution to the common good is flawed.

("Lee Kuan Yew: the Man and His Ideas")

With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries...What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual. As an Asian of Chinese cultural backround, my values are for a government which is honest, effective and efficient.



I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.

("From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000")



Freedom of the press, freedom of the news media, must be subordinated to the overriding needs of the integrity of Singapore, and to the primacy of purpose of an elected government.

1971年 赫爾辛基國際報業協會大會演說



I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn't be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn't be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters - who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.


If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one.
(如果說新加坡是個「保姆國家」(nanny state),我會以培育出這樣的國家為榮。)

 ("From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000")

If I were in authority in Singapore indefinitely without having to ask those who are governed whether they like what is being done, then I have not the slightest doubt that I could govern much more effectively in their interests.




He took over, and he said: "If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it."


(Who were some of the great men you've met?) I would say the greatest was Deng Xiaoping. At his age, to admit that he was wrong, that all these ideas, Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, they are just not working and have to be abandoned, you need a great man to do that.

《李光耀對話錄》 (2010年出版)



Yes Hong Kong deserves democracy but at last, in the world as it is, we do not often get what we deserve.


You, Chief Executive, has no moral authority. You were chosen by 400 people. Next time you will be chosen by 800 people. If you were chosen by four million, all those that are entitled to vote, then that will be different.
(特首,你 (董建華) 沒有道德權威。你是400人選出的,下次則是800人;如果你由所有合資格投票的400萬人選出,就很不一樣。)