Personal Branding, Singapore
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Classy!! How Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong dealt with the BBC reporter’s implied “white man’s burden”.

Have you guys watched the latest snippet of BBC’s interview with PM Lee Hsien Loong shared by Channel News Asia today?

It was soooo much BURN. WATCH! 😀


I especially LOVED how PM Lee responded to the reporter’s condescending assumptions in his line of questioning. So much class!

“The world is a diverse place. Nobody has a monopoly of virtue or wisdom.” –PM Lee Hsien Loong

Here’s a toast to our Prime Minister for standing his ground so well! =)

This is another classic case of a “What is” VS “What should be” conversation. The people who preach that Singapore “should” do this and that– Just look at their track records. Have they done anything constructive for Singapore?

In other words, IF our nation ever vanishes one day, do these “should-sayers” with NO stakes in Singapore have to suffer the consequences?

It’s easy to preach “should”s when you don’t have to be responsible for the livelihood of many, isn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong, of COURSE it is good to have noble ideals. However, in a world of constrained resources and responsibilities, leaders have to make tough trade-offs and choices.

With freedom of expression comes A LOT of responsibility. Will I trust the masses with complete responsibility?

Looking at the UK’s recent excellent choice of BREXIT, OPPS! I think I’ll pass. Thanks and no thanks!


  1. Ben Tan says

    Way to go, PM.😊
    “Nobody has a monopoly of virtue or wisdom” is a quote i shall use.

    • This is ultimately a conversation about “what is” vs “what should be”. 🙂
      People who impose their “what should be” on others seem to be messing up with their own “what is”.

  2. Wise response, PM 👍 This journalist should first look at his own backyard before he talks about, let alone condescends, other countries. Talk is cheap. And this chap is just chattering away…

    • Thank you for your comment! 🙂
      Sometimes I wonder if the interviewer is being irritating on purpose…just to get PM Lee to trip up. I mean, PM Lee has to tread with caution for certain sensitive issues (such as gay rights and China’s relationship) and this interviewer can be seen as pushing it, man.

  3. It is one thing to resist hegemony but another to use the idea of “tradition” to disenfranchise certain people. That tradition is more often than not internalised laws and practices of the old west anyway.

    • a.k.a. White Man’s Burden.
      Well, sometimes I think we all need a reality check. 🙂 Brexit is one, for instance.

  4. James says

    The interviewer is known for his ‘hard talks’. It is his job. It does well when he’s tackling the hypocrites.

  5. Roger Koh says

    When you ask a question about trading human rights with something, it shows that human rights can be traded? Really? Who ask the question, a British?

  6. Maureen Cheong says

    Well said Mr Prime Minister; we applaud you on your wise comments🤗🤗 Majullah Singapura!

  7. Emman says

    Very well said PM Lee! You are an inspiration a realist leader! Vision, guts, and action!

  8. If u r about to be murdered by someone, obviously I have no stake with it, I probably should think about constraints and resources, and do tradeoff with the stakeholders…

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