06 Sep '11, 9pm

Choosing #English was key to #Singapore's survival: Lee Kuan Yew #Malaysia

SINGAPORE - The choice of English as Singapore's working language had ensured its survival, said Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Launching the English Language Institute of Singapore yesterday, he said that had the nation not chosen English, it would have been left behind. When Singapore became independent in 1965, its population spoke different dialects and languages, the former Minister Mentor noted. He said: "Political and economic realities led us to choose English as our working language. The geographical reality was, and remains today, that Singapore would be economically isolated from the wider world if Chinese was chosen. And China then could not be of much help to our economic development." The choice of English, he added, gave all races equal opportunities through a common language to learn, communicate and work in. Also, as an English-speaking society, Singapore had attracted ...

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