Lee Kuan Yew Interviewed by The New York Times

Lee Kuan Yew is synonymous with Singapore and he turns 87 today.

If you ever wondered what Lee Kuan Yew’s office looks like, wonder no more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all wear track shoes to work. I used to work at an American firm where this was practised, casual dress too, and it was wonderful.

Read the full and revealing article here which talks more about his wife, home life and meditation.

Quotes from the interview:

“I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality,”

“I’m not saying that everything I did was right,” he said, “but everything I did was for an honorable purpose. I had to do some nasty things, locking fellows up without trial.”

“Close the coffin, then decide,” he said. “Then you assess him. I may still do something foolish before the lid is closed on me.”

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1 Response to Lee Kuan Yew Interviewed by The New York Times

  1. kierstens says:

    For me, this was the most interesting quote from the article:
    “Younger people worry him, with their demands for more political openness and a free exchange of ideas, secure in their well-being in modern Singapore. “They have come to believe that this is a natural state of affairs, and they can take liberties with it,” he said. “They think you can put it on auto-pilot. I know that is never so.””

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