Published On: Wed, Oct 31st, 2012

Sovereignty 3.0: Singapore from 1.0 to 3.0 in less than 30 years

Singapore became independent in the sixties and within 30 years became one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Curaçao has had its eyes on Singapore for a long time now. Singapore belongs in the same row as Barbados, Ireland and New Zealand. I have already written about it in my scientific work, looking for the lessons of the other islands for Curacao. Now our independence leaders have also discovered Singapore and the biography of Lee Kuan Yew.

Then the turn towards independence with friendships is also understood. Singapore has left with a good understanding. Lee Kuan Yew took no development fund because he foresaw that Singapore would become addicted to help. But there are other major differences between Lee Kuan Yew and our leaders. Thus he is an outspoken capitalist and we socialists. Singapore embraced foreign investors and worked closely with the unions. Singapore has almost no social services, but there is work for everyone and everyone should save. Lee Kuan Yew chose not for own culture but embraced English. He united four groups into one Singapore. He took a Dutchman as brain: Dr. Albert Winsemius. He was in favor of knowledge and intellectuals. He sent young people abroad to the best universities and the best people were appointed to top positions.

The current proponents of independence of Curaçao have hitherto done the opposite of Singapore. Now making a turn, to act more in the footsteps of Lee Kuan Yew is utterly implausible.

And Lew Kuan Yew has a dark side. He manipulated elections and put the media on tires. He is very open about it and explains why he did it. He admits that Singapore now has to be more democratic. That is the task of the new generation.

Then I leave aside that Singapore already had millions of people in the sixties, and that the Confucian culture is decisive for the work of the model of Singapore. People accept authority and work hard. That is different than genius anarchy.

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