Lee Kuan Yew did what he felt was
right for Singapore.
For instance, Singapore liked
to be regarded as the New York of Malaysia, where
all trade would go through Singapore because of
her good position, her shipping lines, the
But certain quarters in the
central government asked why should Singapore
have all these factories, all these investments,
when they could locate all these investments in
Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang? Wheres
the point in having it all located in
So every time Singapore wanted
some factory to be set up here, they had to apply
to KL for permission and the administrators would
send back a letter in Malay asking for the
answers to questions in Malay. Eventually, those
factories were never set up during that period.
Over time, the bad feelings
just built up. Did Lee Kuan Yew realise how
strong the opposition was?
At that time, it seemed like
the right thing
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