Sunday, September 19, 2010

MM Lee's S'pore Dream

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew taking questions at a dialogue with students of the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management yesterday. With him is Singapore's Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr Simon Tensing De Cruz. -- ST PHOTO: JEREMY AU YONG

MOSCOW - SINGAPORE will no longer be seen as just an Asian city one day, but as one that is regarded as cosmopolitan and connected to the world.

That vision of an international city is Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's dream for Singapore.

He articulated it yesterday during a dialogue with students from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management in the Russian capital.

Mr Lee is in Moscow to attend the International Advisory Board meeting of the school.

Mr Grant Alaverdian, 21, a master's of business administration student from Armenia, started off by asking Mr Lee about the goals he would set for Singapore's next generation of leaders.

Mr Lee's quick reply: 'I'm not in charge anymore, it depends on what the present leaders envision for themselves and how they can take Singapore from where it is, to where they want to go. My contribution now is like an over-the-horizon radar - (telling them) there is opportunity there or there is trouble there...'

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