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Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going Hardcover – 2011

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  • Hardcover: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Straits Times Press (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814266728
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814266727
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason on November 14, 2011
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It is a very interesting read as the format of the book is mostly question and answer. Lee Kuan Yew does not mince his words in this book and as a result, much of the content has spurred several controversial debates as well. But an enjoyable read as the reader gains insight and understanding to Singapore's longest serving prime minister on how he makes important decisions that have to be made.
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Singapore’s rapid push for economic development has also been at the cost of depressed wages for the low-income workers who are being crowded out by low-cost foreign workers. This exacerbates income disparity and increases the gap between the rich and the poor, but Lee is a realist about this matter ever since he became Prime Minister in 1959, as he “learnt fast that talk about an equal society and equitable income distribution rang hollow unless there was income to distribute. He realized it was more important to create wealth first – and worry later about how to distribute it.” (Lee & Han, p. 188). Lee ditched the alternative of slow growth and chose to pursue relentless economic growth as he concluded that “it’s far more economic and effective to import foreign labor and get the work done, and give the low-income something on the side to close the gap with the higher earners.” (Lee & Han, p. 171). Lee made a judgment for what was the best approach to grow Singapore and took responsibility for those who paid the price for this growth in the form of redistribution – through public housing subsidies, CPF payouts, WIS (Workfare Income Supplement) boosts, as well as SPUR (Skills Programme for Upgrading and Resilience). It is always difficult to please everyone, but Lee chose to do it in the most pragmatic manner.
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Insight into a great mind. There's lots to learn from the genius of this modern day strategist. A must read.
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Informative and Good Read
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