Update on 27 March 2015 : In Singapore’s week of national mourning over the passing of the country’s 1st Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, a number of articles have emerged online. Here is one compilation of quotes : http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/parliamentary-panache-10-quotes-mr-lee-kuan-yews-awesome#xtorCS1-10
Here are a few of the quotes found in the compilation :
6. Independence Let me assure all honourable members that each time I swear the oath of allegiance to the Republic of Singapore, my mind goes back to the 9th of August, 1965. I did not want it. We had independence thrust upon us. And the expectation was that in two to three years we would be so down on our knees and crawling that we would have to go back on any terms. No autonomy in Education, Labour, and all the other subjects. Different terms. Maybe if they were kind, like Penang and Malacca. But we resolved to make this work. Never forget that it was the will, not just of a few men. That was necessary. But the will was in the people. Otherwise it would not have worked.
7. On clean government We did not fight the elections in December 23. We fought it as from September 1972. We made sure that no MP, no Parliamentary Secretary, no Minister misbehaved or abused his power. Because if you do, it is a very tight and swift compact society, it spreads like wild fire. I am not saying, “No, let us be celibate.” I am not even asking let us all be faithful to our wives, let us have no divorces. I do not ask that. All I ask is, please do not misbehave yourself. Anybody who has a paternity suit against him is out and there will be a by-election. That is all I say. Let us have none of this.
10. Popular vs populist If you want to be popular, do not try to be popular all the time. Popular government does not mean that you do popular things all the time. We do not want to be unpopular or to do unpopular things. But when they are necessary, they will be done. Popular representative government means that within each five-year period, your policies have demonstrably worked and won popular support. That is what it means. And if we flinch from the unpopular, we are in deep trouble.
The Wall Street Journal came up with its own compilation too :
—-only the self can study / 2015 is the year of the Opinion Collectors —-