The first obvious mistake that Singapore made, which any 7 year old child should know, is it's failure to realize that in order to rule, you need the respect of it's citizens. In the 1950s and 60s you simply could do what you want to a helpless people, respect or no respect.
But now in 2014 with the Internet and mass communication, it is no longer possible. The Lee Kuan Yew Singapore government has lost the respect of it's people for the following reasons.
Firstly they have lost faith in their legal system. Over decades the law has been repeatedly misused to destroy political opponents such as JB Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and myself. Singapore judges are seen, no better than prostitutes who sell their judicial office for money and career.
Secondly impartiality of parliamentary elections are brazenly compromised. Repeatedly in it's short history able capable and respected leaders such as Chee Soon Juan are disqualified from even standing for elections and persecuted. As a result loyal patriotic and able Singaporeans simply stay away, fearing retribution, leaving political office available to only those opportunists who lick the asses of the Lees. This results in the people losing respect for the entire political system.
Singaporeans therefore have no respect for any of these so called politician Ministers who are all simply handpicked by Lee and his friends and immediately thrust upon the people who are told to accept them as leaders. What is even more annoying is their habit of repeatedly giving lectures to Singaporeans as if they are supposed to know any better than anyone else.
One example is this Minister Chan Chun Sing, whom by the way we have never heard before telling us in this instance that we should be diplomatic with foreign countries and not be belligerent etc. etc.
Thanks for telling us, as if we did not this ourselves! Please see report in the state controlled Straits Times newspaper of Feb 15, 2014 titled "Put Values First, Honor the Elderly, Chan Chun Seng" . Please see report http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/put-values-first-honour-the-elderly-chan-chun-sing-20140215