Friday, January 18, 2013

Singapore. Where is our 91 year old island strongman Lee Kuan Yew

Ladies and Gentlemen,

No one should think erroneously that I have any ill will against him, but we haven't seen him for some time. I am of course talking about Lee Kuan Yew who is omnipresent like Big Brother over everything and everyone in the island every time. Now, since By Elections have been called at Punggol East, surely he would have made a presence, if his past behavior of being at the thick of anything even remotely important in the island is anything to go by. It seems however no one has seen him.

Given the fact that anyone who is 91 is not expected to be everywhere every time, like a 30 year old could, but I must say, in the case of this 91 year old, his complete absence from the scene entirely is somewhat unexpected. Why because he has too high an opinion of himself, like a delusion and megalomania, and his normal behavior should have been to oversee the entire by elections.

Although I have no real evidence, I have been told that the old dictator is in lying sick in bed in his house in Oxley Road Singapore. Whether this is true, his actual condition and whether it is serious or not, I cannot say.

But given the fact that no one has seen him for some time now, his absence appears especially glaring at this time of the Singapore Island By Elections at Punggol East.

As I have always said here, the passing of Lee Kuan Yew who is 91 years old now, regardless of when it happens today or years from now, will cause some serious upheaval to the political and social climate of that island. His son, whom he has placed as Prime Minister is not in my view capable of holding together this small tiny island with only 2.5 million local born and another 2.5 million foreigners. I predict, on Lee’s death, you are going to see a drain of capital and assets overseas, a flood of both locals and foreigners leaving for settlement abroad and a complete collapse of the local stock market, an upheaval serious enough that will prevent the economy from a quick recovery.  

Unless the old tin pot tyrant of 91 makes some sort of appearance in public very soon, the people of that island may want to seriously consider what their plan B is going to be, once he dies and the island goes into a irrecoverable tailspin with both wings stalled.

I don't want you to say that I didn't tell you so.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California, USA
Tel: 510 491 4375


Anonymous said...

Hi Gopalan

The symptoms of the upheaval you expected is already happening almost everyday.

Frequent disruptions of rail systems, Orchard Road flooding, too many Chinaman, etc.

Now we have problems with M1.

What's next?

Anonymous said...


Yes. The current system where the ministers pay themselves millions of dollars every year for selling their soul to the altar of the PAP and still get things WRONG will not last.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gopalan

I wish to connect to you and hope you can come back soon. We will be holding a protest at hong lim on the 16th feb.