Sunday, April 30, 2006

Its elections in Singapore - and Kuan Yew is still in-charge

It is elections in Singapore this week-end. And it is also '' I will sue you'' time. The oppostiion talks and the Lees filed lawsuits against them. It is normal in modern, sophisticated and westernised Singa-po-rah.

Once again the mighty Lee Kuan-yew is in charge. In the early days of the tiny island republic, he was at the steering wheel as the prime minister, after handing over the baton to his prodigy Goh Chok-tong, he was holding the big stick as senior minister and now, when the baton is held by his son, Hsien-loong he is holding a cane and a big stick as minister mentor - what will he think of next.

Why...? Because he is the super-power in Singapore and is the one firmly in-charge.

That reminds me of a story told some years back when I was residing on employment pass in Singapore. It goes like this.

An American tourist was visiting a temple in Singapore's China Town when he noticed two statues of a man and a woman by the altar.

He asked the monk what was the significance of the two. The monk explained that in Chinese system of 'yin' and 'yang', positives must always be balanced by negatives, and having the two statues ensured that the universal balance was maintained.

'This statue of the woman is the Goddess of Mercy, or Kuan-yin,' the monk said.

'What about the other one?' asked the tourist.

In a hushed voice, the monk said: 'This one is the God of No Mercy.'

'What do you call him in Chinese?' asked the tourist.

The monk looked around and quietly replied 'Kuan-yew'.

Now you know why Singapore is such a 'fine' city state.

Malaysians should have the services of some one like the God of No Mercy to preserve and protect out natural resources such as the rain-forests, the rivers, the hills, the mangroves and the entire environment.

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