At The End Of The Day That We Got
“At the end of the day, what I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life,” utter Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and first premier of Singapore who transformed that tiny island outpost into one of the wealthiest and least corrupt countries in Asia, died on Monday morning.
Mr. Lee Kuan Yew is the Singapore’s longest serving Prime Minister for 31 years from 1959 until 1990. The youngest to be elected in the office, at the age of 35 is the one and only Mr. Lee Kuan Yew said “I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.” During his ruling moment, S.Rajaratnam was a Deputy Prime Minister and C.V Devan Nair, an Indian was the 3rd President of Singapore. There is no any Tamil language based primary or secondary schools in Singapore. But, students are required to obtain a second language program and it includes Tamil, Malay and Chinese. You may see Tamil has written together with English, Chinese and Malay fonts in any signboards in Singapore. You able to experience the same ideology in currency note as well. The basis is Tamil is one of the official languages in Singapore.
The first premier presided over the augmentation of Singapore’s economy from a third world country into a first world country. In addition, the founding father of Singapore introduced the National Service scheme where every young man above 18 years old includes Indians with the help of his Defence Minister Goh Keng Swee.
“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 neighbor 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.” says the premier of Singapore. Fearing that Singapore’s growing population might overburden the developing economy, he introduced the ‘Stop-At-Two’ policy in the 1960s. Abortion and sterilization were legalized in 1970, and women were urged to get sterilized after their second child. Women without an O-level degree, deemed low-income and lowly educated, were offered by the government seven days’ paid sick leave and $10,000 SGD in cash incentives to voluntarily undergo the procedure.
In the 1980s, he introduced ‘Graduate Mother Scheme’, which favored the children of mothers with a university degree in primary school placement and registration process over the lesser-educated including Indian educated mothers. After the outcry in the 1984 general elections it was eventually scrapped. Since the establishment till in the present day, Indians with a population of 9.2 % are given significant precedence in Singapore. A great leader will be missed more by minority populace of Singapore with his famous quotes as one of this. “If Singapore is a nanny state, then I’m proud to have fostered one.”