June 17, 2009
Din Merican said:
Singapore practices meritocracy and Malaysia affirmative action. The former attracted all the best brains and the latter chased out all the brains. The Singapore cabinet consists of dedicated and intelligent technocrats whereas Malaysia has one the most unwieldy cabinet. Not only that, brain wise it was below par.
With that kind of composition, one that is very brainy, naturally Singapore, with no natural resources could outstrip Malaysia in every aspect of development. Malaysia, on the other hand, was too much preoccupied with its Malayness and the illusory “ketuanan Melayu” and was also more interested in iconic development rather than real social and economic development.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Malaysian bloggers are more objective about the achievements of Lee Kuan Yew. They are prepared to give credit where it is due. How many Singaporeans would swap places with our neighbours?"