The pros and cons of LKY in Malaysia
Despite the years of battling him and attacking him, there is a big change in the mood of the younger Malaysian leaders towards him. They have disagreed, opposed each other, and fought, but on the personal level they still respect this towering leader of 50 years in power. They could see his wealth of knowledge and want to know how he sees and reads the political trends, and how to bring a country forward in economic, social and political developments. From the reports coming out from Malaysia, the visit LKY is well appreciated and seen positively as a great statesman wanting to share and understand what is going on in Malaysia, and the importance of Malaysia Singapore relations. This love hate relations aside, the presence of LKY in Malaysia is probably a bigger event than if an American president were to be there. On the cons side, his immense presence still overshadows the rest of the younger Singapore leaders. As long as he is around, all the attention will go to him. Everyone will want to listen to him, talk to him, be seen with this mammoth leader of the 20th Century stretching into the 21st Century. In many ways this is bad for the younger leaders to grow and be their own men, carving out a presence for themselves. They will have a hard time breaking out of the canopy of this huge tree, to be seen. As long as the thick canopy is there, you can't really see what is beneath, or even notice anything there. The fortunate thing in Malaysia is the parting of ways with Mahathir to let the younger leaders more breathing space to choose their own destiny. The continued presence of LKY in the Singapore leadership is a blessing, as well as a curse in a way, to the younger leadership here.