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After all, LKY, as he is known in acronym-mad Singapore, is more than the "father of the country." He is its inventor, as surely as if he had scientifically formulated the place with precise portions of Plato's Republic, Anglophile elitism, unwavering economic pragmatism, and old-fashioned strong-arm repression.
Lee masterminded the celebrated "Singapore Model," converting a country one-eighth the size of Delaware, with no natural resources and a fractured mix of ethnicities, into "Singapore, Inc." He attracted foreign investment by building communications and transportation infrastructure, made English the official language, created a superefficient government by paying top administrators salaries equal to those in private companies, and cracked down on corruption until it disappeared. The model—a unique mix of economic empowerment and tightly controlled personal liberties—has inspired imitators in China, Russia, and eastern Europe.
(which says alot!)
But wait, there's more:
Did you now that the letter A is considered a "truncated pyramid', as is the word AmericA?
I've been to Singapore 3 times. Considering how organised, clean & tidy the place is & how polite everyone is, what I've found most surprising & a bit scary is that there really doesn't seem to be much repression involved. The place is just the way it is & the people honestly seem to like it like that.
great! score for the new world order.