07 Jan '12, 2pm

Commentary: Singapore's leading political party's mood turns sour over pay cuts - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) - In 1976, when I first visited China, its 86-year-old leader Mao Zedong was near death, and I ended a series of articles for Singaporeans by asking: Would Maoism survive Mao? If not what - or who - would take over? Today's China, of course, makes my questions seem ridiculous. But at that time Mao was so much part of the country that an alternative was unimaginable. I was part of the media team that accompanied (then Prime Minister) Lee Kuan Yew's first official visit to the communist country. The two men met for eight minutes; Mao was hardly coherent (he died six months later). Lee was then a vibrant 52-year-old and at his political and intellectual peak. Last year, when Lee was pondering being in firm control here for 46 years, the same questions cropped up in my mind. Would Lee's sacred cows - including the institutions, policies, wise (and n...

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