Although the democracies of Australia and New Zealand made for “more exciting” politics, the national interest could suffer in a multi-party system, said Mr Lee...Try telling that to the increasing number of Singaporeans immigrating to Australia and New Zealand.
“Endless debates are seldom about achieving a better grasp of the issue but to score political points,” said Mr Lee about the political systems in Australia and New Zealand.
He said John Howard, the Australian prime minister, “spends all his time dealing with this party politics. The result is you don’t have a lot of time to worry about the long-term future.”
Dominant party rule was the best system for a small, multiracial country like Singapore, Mr Lee said, as he prepared to leave New Zealand, whose population of 4m is similar in size and ethnic complexity to that of the city-state.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the single party rule practiced by Singapore is better and more efficient than the democracy practiced by Australia and New Zealand. From Financial Times:
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