Thursday, March 29, 2007

MM Lee hits out at Australia after receiving hon. doctorate

Only MM Lee can do something like this - receives an honorary doctorate of law from Australian National University and then hits out at Australia. From The Age:
"It's not going to change me and I'm not going to change you," he said of Australian criticism of his autocratic style.

"We're going to prosper, you're going to prosper.

"But if I allowed you to run my country it will spiral downwards and hit rock bottom," he said.

Asked about a remark he made in the 1980s that Australians were destined to become the "poor white trash of Asia", Mr Lee said it was apt for that era.

"There are some words sometime said in the heat of an argument which perhaps at that time was warranted."
Some Australians meanwhile are outraged that he was given the hon. doctorate, citing he is a traitor to democratic ideals and does not deserve such an award.

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