It's a sign that marks the beginning of Lee Kuan Yew's political career coming to a close. While I wish him all the best of health and am glad to hear that he has been discharged. However, I wonder if this is the curtain call to LKY's reign.
He has done great things for the country. Singapore will not be where we are if he had not sacrifice blood, sweat and tears for us. I thank him for that from the bottom of my heart.
Problem is, "where we are" has two meanings these days. Where we are from a Malayan discard to a state of the art metropolitan. Where we are from a happy nation of one united people to an unhappy one of us versus them.
LKY is mostly associated with the former more than the latter.
The general election of 2016 will be one of great interest. Will LKY continue to run at the age of 93 (which he will end that term at 98)? If no, will the current batch of Tanjong Pagar GRC back-door MPs survive the polls without LKY's shelter? If yes, will LKY live to 98 and complete his term? What about thereafter at 103? Will he have the longevity to go on all the way to contest 2021 GE?
What about Wong Kan Seng and Mah Bow Tan? Will they survive without the backing of the elder statesman when the latter is gone?
We can only wait and see as the Red Dot Awakens.
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