Thursday, March 22, 2007

Australian National University Honors Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

Should an Australian university be awarding a honorary "law" degree to Singapore's founding president, Lee Kuan Yew? An Australian professor points out the obvious problem here:
. . . it seems somewhat inappropriate to be awarding Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew with a Doctor of Laws. Lee has demonstrated a complete lack of respect over the years (and certainly no honour) for free speech and used the laws of Singapore to ensure he gets his way. If the ANU wishes to recognise the role Lee has played in Singapore’s economic development or his success as a social engineer then by all means award him a degree in government, development or perhaps even business but not any kind of degree with the word “law” attached to it. (source: New Mandala)

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