12 Apr '11, 2am

Our reader says: "There is no point in steering in one direction if it is the wrong direction." #SGelections

MR LEE Kek Chin contends that a single- party state is superior to a multi-party democracy by stating that China is performing better than India economically ('Single-party state works best for Singapore'; last Thursday). But Mr Lee ignored cultural differences between the two Asian giants which may be the cause of the difference in their performance. The Indian caste system may have hampered India's progress. With minor exceptions, Chinese society has never been caste-based. Mr Lee also sets Singapore apart from the other Asian tiger economies of Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea because we emerged relatively unscathed from the latest financial crisis. However, real per capita gross domestic product data from the University of Pennsylvania's Centre for International Comparisons offers a different finding. According to its data, Singapore experienced a 6.8 per cent contrac...

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