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A Lesson For Africa, The Example of Singapore

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Akwaba, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    "We built up the infrastructure," he said. "The difficult part was getting the people to change their habits so that they behaved more like first world citizens, not like third world citizens spitting and littering all over the place."

    So Singapore embarked on what he called "campaigns to do this, campaigns to do that."

    Do not chew gum. Do not throw garbage from rooftops. Speak good English. Smile. Perform spontaneous acts of kindness.

    Paradoxically, he said, if Singapore had not been so poor it might never have transformed itself and prospered as it has.
    His warnings about vulnerability and collapse are a constant theme to persuade his people to accept limits on their freedoms.

    "Supposing we had oil and gas, do you think I could get the people to do this? No," he said. "If I had oil and gas I'd have a different people, with different motivations and expectations."

    "It's because we don't have oil and gas and they know that we don't have, and they know that this progress comes from their efforts," he said. "So please do it and do it well."

    A lesson for Africa.... - SkyscraperCity

    The only African country that is truly following the Singapore model is RWANDA. And the business community knows this.
  2. Ruge Opinion

    Ruge Opinion JF-Expert Member

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    Sensible piece. But you didn't tell us who said it. Is it Lee Kwan Yew the founder Premier of Singapore?
  3. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    Yes the article has quote from Lee Kwan Yew the founder Premier of Singapore