| Hard Talking Lee Kuan Yew - A Tribute
| Thursday, July 05, 2018
Jihad Watch : Singapore has been in the news for other reasons recently, but its
appearance on the world stage, however brief, may provide us with an
excuse to consider the views on Islam of the founding father of
Singapore, and its longest-serving Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who
died in 2015.
Lee Kuan Yew lived in a multicultural city, with a Chinese
majority and Indian and Muslim Malay minorities. All his political
life, Lee Kuan Yew was aware of the need to keep the Muslim population
in check. The laws he had passed, the regulations he enforced, were
directed in large part to that end. He knew about Muslim efforts to
convert others, and he made sure that any convert had to immediately
register with the government, so such efforts could be monitored, and
then countered, by the government.
A study of all the ways that Lee Kuan
Yew dealt with Muslims, and took careful note of, and combated, their
natural aggressiveness and political machinations in tiny Singapore, an
island of mostly Unbelievers — 3/4 of whom are Chinese — in a Muslim
sea, should be instructive for Western leaders, who have the same
problem and as yet only timid and confused ideas as to how to solve it. In his “The Malays in Singapore,” he wrote that “if, for instance, you
put in a Malay officer who’s very religious and who has family ties in
Malaysia in charge of a machine gun unit, that’s a very tricky
It was under his leadership that the government instituted a
ban on hijabs and other Muslim headscarves in both the police forces and
nursing jobs. Lee Kuan Yew also substantially reduced government
funding for madrasas, while increasing support for secular education.
Lee Kuan Yew had, after all, originally declared Singapore’s
independence from Malaysia because the Muslim Malays rejected
meritocracy, and insisted on giving economic advantage to themselves.
All Malays were required to be counted as Muslims (even if some were
not), and all Muslims benefited from a disguised jizyah tax on non-Muslims which is called the “Bumiputra.” Although the word means
“sons of the soil,” it is not the indigenous Malaysian tribes that
benefit from the “Bumiputra” policy, but Malay Muslims alone.
According to this “Bumiputra” idea, all economic undertakings, all
examples of entrepreneurial flair, must have Muslim Malays as their full
partners. Two Chinese who wish to open, for example, a computer
consulting company, or an architectural firm, are required to take on a
Muslim Malay (but not a Hindu, nor another Chinese) as a full partner,
with an equal financial stake — even though he need not contribute a
This is simply a way to ensure that the Muslims can continue to
live on the backs of non-Muslims, who fulfill part of the traditional status of dhimmi by what is in effect a jizyah payment. In his book Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, Lee Kuan Yew urged Muslims to be “less strict’ in their interpretation of Islam.
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 11:00 PM