More sentimental SG50 videos

Can you imagine this not being the object of bitter derision in any other country? Imagine George Osborne or Hilary Clinton in there. Doesn’t work, does it?

The use of ‘Mr.’ as a political title is a very Singaporean thing, incidentally. I’m not sure why. Lee Kuan Yew is invariably Mr. Lee Kuan Yew in official publications, and the Mr. is given its full phonetic value. I assume it’s a reflection of the Chinese habit of granting a Mr. (先生) only to people who have visibly deserved it. (Chaps who haven’t earned a formal Mr. are either uncles or brothers, depending on age.)


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