Current Ambassador at Large under Lee Hsien Loong’s administration, Bilahari Kausikan, scolded his predecessor Kishore Mahbubani for being muddled and mendacious (lying) when the latter criticised Lee Hsien Loong for being not globally respected.
Dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Kishore Mahbubani, wrote an article saying Lee Hsien Loong is not his father and should stop commenting unnecessarily on China and US:
“We are now in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era. Sadly, we will probably never again have another globally respected statesman like Mr Lee.”
The dishonourable ambassador Bilahari Kausikan, a Lee Hsien Loong’s henchman, then scolded his senior for being muddled:
“The piece by Professor Kishore Mahbubani deeply flawed and dangerously misleading. His first lesson — that small states must always behave like small states — is muddled, mendacious and indeed dangerous… We should be very restrained in commenting on matters involving great powers. Singapore should have been more circumspect on the international tribunal ruling on the South China Sea against China.”
Bilahari Kausikan also said it is “insulting” to the current leaders:
““But the reason he has done so and what he has to say about the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the suggestion that now that he is dead, we should behave differently is not just wrong, but offensive, not only to Mr Lee’s successors, but to all Singaporeans who have benefited from what Mr Lee and his comrades have bequeathed us.”
Another current diplomat Ambassador at Large Ong Keng Yong told state media TodayOnline that he is “uncomfortable” with the PAP old guard’s assertions.
Law Minister K Shanmugam praised ambassador Bilahrai Kausikan for a “brilliant response” and joined in slamming the PAP old guard.