Has it occurred to no one the resemblance of Singapore in those immediate years after separating from Malaysia, as it implored its nonchalant neighbor to change her mind, and dreamt frivolously of reunification, insofar as to decree Malay its national language, to the spectacle of a adolescent boy being cast away by his girlfriend – the single person on whom he had depended so much of his happiness. And now all alone, he tries his best to recover her heart. In his mind constantly quivers that distant image of eventually succeeding. He also goes about his life imagining how things might be different had she not left him; weaving her into every prospect life seems to promise. He makes her favorite tune his anthem and keeps assiduously to the habits of the past. How stubborn and foolish this young heart. He has depended far too much on this one person and for that short-sightedness, he rightly suffers. But through the suffering, he learns to be independent. Yes, that is the path which Singapore too has taken. Now, observe, the mighty heights to which it has flourished!
What a hero Amos Lee is! Come friends, let us band together and welcome this messiah of the new age, this bold champion of the truth. What’s that – the truth? Yes, the truth that shall bring shame to the government. They have lied to us for far too long; held us prisoners to their nefarious policies and coaxed forth our trust with a host of false promises. Ah, these hypocrites, these greedy, good-for-nothing hypocrites! They have done little for their people but to rob them all of their money. And oh, you suppose they have their fancy education to back them up; that they are knowledgeable and logical, and can make sound decisions through objective thinking? No! For if they are truly as clever as you claim them to be, then Singapore would not now suffer from any income inequality!
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance.” – Albert Camus
“I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.” – Lee Kuan Yew
Here is a man who bore such love for his country, who cared so dearly for its people and who took such pride in its independence, that he was willing to devote a great part of his life to raising it up. Had he at some despairing moment during the war let himself fall to the hoax of an exultant shore, or chosen at a juncture of quiet comfort to rest there forever and leave matters of the country to chance, or even, having taken up office and realizing the arduousness of bringing up a vernal nation, retreated to the back-end of the cabin, Singapore might never be as it is now.
Here is a man who has risen above the masses; for he who strives passionately for himself is great, but he who strives passionately for others is greater.