Goh Keng Swee

ATTENTION: In order to understand this post you must be a Canadian of Malaysian origin

I got a chance to watch a program that aired on a Singapore channel called Channel 5 on youtube. It was a tribute to Goh Keng Swee a former Minister and DPM in Lee Kwan Yew’s cabinet. He is said to be extremely prudent in expenditure and a visionary at the same time. I guess it would be more like the President’s Choice of Noname products.

The only thing that I found not interesting about the tribute was the lack of truly Asian stuff in it. It seemed as if they were more interested in promoting the Singapore Symphony than they were the Kreta Ayer Cantonese Opera. I guess I should not be surprised. Singapore was built on those so called western standards and fundamentals (eg. The New Years Countdown is cool and the drums during Thaipusam have to be silenced.)

Would the state government in Melaka honour him in naming a street after him? That will most probably not be the case as he was the one who did not support Lee Kwan Yew’s favour of a looser ties and more autonomy in the Malaysian federation. He had his sights set on complete withdrawal from Malaysia.

As usual I would like to apologise for inaccuracies in sentence formation and grammatical errors. Read more write better.

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Posted on January 21, 2011, in people. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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