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In an open interview with ASEAN reporters today, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong downplayed the influence of his father Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership after his retirement in 1990. PM Lee junior said that it has all along been a new team in charge since 1990 and particularly so in the last 15 years who are the ones making the decisions:

“Well Mr Lee retired as Prime Minister 25 years ago in 1990 and he retired from the Cabinet completely four years ago in 2011. And really a new team has been in charge since 1990 and there has been a turnover even in the new team, so I am not the second generation leader, I am the third Prime Minister.

…the reality is increasingly in the last 15 years, it is a new team which has been taking Singapore, making the decisions, carrying them, persuading people or dealing with problems when they have risen and I think that will continue to be so now.”

And so it seems, PM Lee certainly look like he’s in-charge because his father would probably have never implemented the following policies in recent years:

1) 6.9 million population
2) Unbridled influx of foreigners
3) Building of Casinos
4) HDB Asset Appreciation Policy
5) Raising of CPF Minimum Sum and Withdrawal Age
6) Spending billions on Garden By the Bay, Project Jewel, Bishan River and Jurong Lake (Lee senior is known to be thrifty and didn’t even supported the MRT investment because of its cost)
7) Raising of ministerial salaries

Photo from Lee Hsien Loong
Photo from Lee Hsien Loong