Tuesday, October 03, 2006

LEE KUAN YEW AND HIS 'APOLOGY' - IS IT A APOLOGY OR BE FOOLED AGAIN

All our newspapers widely reported today that Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has apologized to PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, through a letter handed personally by the Singapore High Commissioner, T. Jesudasen on Monday in respect of his recent remarks. Its seems that we have finally 'triumphed' in our quest. "Badawi menang, Lee Kuan Yew kalah" is the statement of the day. But, the first impression we gather is that 'AT LAST, SINGAPORE ADMITS THEIR MISTAKE FOR MAKING A WRONG ASSUMPTION THAT MALAYSIAN CHINESE (including Indonesian Chinese) HAVE BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY MARGINALISED' but if one were to read between the lines of his apology letter, Lee Kuan Yew categorically stated that his remarks were not intended to cause our PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi much discomfort (due to his present feud with Tun Dr Mahathir), and that "after a decade of troubled relations with PM Abdullah's predecessor (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad)" it was the last thing he wanted? Furthermore, it was also revealed that Lee Kuan Yew had also annexed previous racial remarks made by Malaysians (not only of Tun Dr Mahathir) as regards to their Singapore Malays which the Republic had not made a big issue of. Its seems that it was a mere 'tit-for-tat' situation, just giving a reminder that, they will retaliate if you interfere into their affairs.

Since knowing Lee Kuan Yew, he must have an ulterior motive in offering this 'apology'. What is it, we need to wait and see.