• Short Summary

    ON THE EVE OF HIS DEPARTURE ON HIS THIRD WORLD TOUR THIS YEAR, MR LEE KUAN YEW, THE PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE, GAVE AN INTERVIEW IN THE OFFICES OF TELEVISION SINGAPURA ON THURSDAY TO A GROUP OF INTER-NATIONAL NEWSMEN.

  • Description


    SINGAPORE HARBOUR; MR LEE BEING INTERVIEWED (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "IN TALKING ABOUT THIS EXPOSURE WHAT DO YOU REALLY TALK ABOUT: EXPOSURE TO COMMUNISM THAT WOULD BE THE RESULT OF, SAY, THE UNITED STATES WITHDRAWAL FROM VIETNAM?"



    LEE: WELL, IT IS NOT JUST COMMUNISM, BUT COMMUNISM EXPLOITING ALL THE NEW CONFLICTS BETWEEN THESE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED NATIONS. THE PAST HAS BEEN DESTROYED: YOU CAN'T RECREATE THE PAST. AND I THINK IT IS UNREALISTIC TO BELIEVE THAT A THRUSTING NATION I LIKE JAPAN WILL, YOU KNOW, FOREVER BE PENITENT FOR ITS MISDEMEANOURS IN THE LAST WAR AND JUST PRODUCE TRANSISTORS AND SCOOTERS AND LITTLE CARS FOR THE REST OF SOUTHEAST ASIA. I MEAN, THERE IS A CERTAIN INEVITABLE DYNAMISM ABOUT THE PROGRESS IN THE GROWTH OF NATIONS. AND I THINK WE HAVE GOT TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH THE KIND OF NATIONS THAT HAVE EMERGED IN ASIA: CHINA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, JAPAN, ALL THE OTHER NATIONS HERE, INCLUDING THE SMALLER ONES THAT HAVE ENOUGH OF HEGEMONY AND LIKE TO LIVE THEIR OWN LIVES. I THINK THE IDEAL, REALLY, IS TO HAVE AN ASIA THE NON-COMMUNIST HALF OF WHICH IS ACCEPTED BY THE COMMUNISTS AS BEING THERE FOR ALL TIME AND IMPERVIOUS TO SUBVERSION OR INVASION. WHAT WE WANT REALLY IS, FIRST, TO ESTABLISH OUR RIGHT TO BE OURSELVES SO THAT NOBODY WILL BE TEMPTED TO BELIEVE THAT ALL HE HAS TO DO IS BRANDISH A GUN AND WE WILL HOLD OUR HANDS UP IN FRIGHT AND HAND OVER ALL THAT WE HAVE GOT. I THINK FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE AND THE MIDDLE-TERM FUTURE WHAT WE WANT IS A KIND OF ARRANGEMENT AMONG THE PRESENT COMMONWEALTH PARTNERS TO BUILD UP A CREDITABLE FORCE THAT CAN PROTECT THE INTEGRITY AND SECURITY OF THE INTERESTS OF SINGAPORE, PERHAPS MALAYSIA AND AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, AND I HOPE BRITAIN WOULDN'T HAVE LOST THAT INTEREST.




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    Background: ON THE EVE OF HIS DEPARTURE ON HIS THIRD WORLD TOUR THIS YEAR, MR LEE KUAN YEW, THE PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE, GAVE AN INTERVIEW IN THE OFFICES OF TELEVISION SINGAPURA ON THURSDAY TO A GROUP OF INTER-NATIONAL NEWSMEN. THE DISCUSSION TOUCHED ON SEVERAL SUBJECTS, MOST PREDOMINANTLY THE GENERAL SECURITY OF SOUTH EAST ASIA.

    MR LEE SAID HE WOULD BE VISITING BRITAIN FOR THE RULING LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE, ZURICH FOR THE SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL SESSION, AND THEN GO ON TO WASHINGTON AND OTHER UNITED STATES CITIES. SPEAKING OF THE NEWLY EMERGING ASIAN NATIONS SUCH AS SINGAPORE, MR LEE MENTIONED THE DANGER TO THEM OF TOO MUCH "MOLLY-CODDLING" AND TOO MUCH "EXPOSURE". HE WAS ASKED...

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACEI6GBKB70DCC1HI6B7XYRRBM
    Media URN:
    VLVACEI6GBKB70DCC1HI6B7XYRRBM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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