Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sharing Nugget #60

#60: Being Singaporean.

“The Challenge for Singapore is always: How do you maintain stability? Because if you lose stability in Singapore, you lose everything… If you live in America, it’s like sailing across the ocean in an aircraft carrier. You can jump up and down, and the aircraft carrier is not going to shake. But if you live in Singapore, it’s like sailing inside a small canoe. If you have people jumping up and down, the canoe will sink.”

Western Critics were dismayed that Singaporeans seem so docile and willing to accept the rule of their leaders.
“They have experienced the most dramatic increase in the standard of living that any people have experienced – probably ever since the beginning of man. And then you ask these people, ‘Why aren’t you revolting? Why aren’t you going out on the streets?’ Well why should they?”

Kishore Mahbubani
Former Ambassador to UN

In History of Singapore


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