At a lavish dinner to celebrate his sixtieth birthday on September 19, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, spoke proudly of his efforts to advance economic growth and social development in Singapore.
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TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 13):
LEE: "Would I like to know the future, to know what Singapore will be like in ten, twenty years from now? Yes of course. Perhaps it is well that we do not have his privilege for it makes us strive all the more to secure the future. My experiences have left me with some indelible lessons, and a set of ingrained habits. Both the experiences and the habits force me to ensure that the precious gains we have made will into be lost because the base, on which our security and prosperity rest, is so narrow. Hence my ceaseless search for younger men of ability and dedication."
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Background: At a lavish dinner to celebrate his sixtieth birthday on September 19, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, spoke proudly of his efforts to advance economic growth and social development in Singapore. Mr Lee made his address to 1,000 guests at Singapore's Mandarin Hotel and compared his past decade in office with his first ten years. With obvious pride he spoke of overcoming the early problems of government. He said they were "tumultuous, exciting and exhausting years, but they had laid the foundations for "national stability, unity and development." In 1959 Singapore achieved complete self-government after its post-war status as British crown colony. In 1963 it became a constituent state of the Federation of Malaysia. The association ended two years later and Singapore became a fully independent, sovereign nation. In 1972 Mr Lee's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) won all the parliamentary seats in the general election. One of Mr Lee's constant pre-occupations has been the threat of Communist subversion. A 1981 by-election victory by an opposition Workers' Party candidate caused the government to increase its control over trades unions and restructure the ownership of major newspapers. The outward appearance of Singapore now is one of stable and increasing prosperity. Strategically situated for trade, the country has the second largest port in the world and is a shopping and entertainment haven for tourists. Between 1977 and 1981 tourism expanded by 70 per cent, attracting almost three million visitors in the latter year and more than two billion dollars (1.5 billion pounds) in income. Looking back on the past Mr Lee said that Singaporeans of the younger generation took for granted what were only dreams twenty years ago and he cited "well-paid jobs, the strength of the dollar, home-ownership and an orderly society". Speculating on the next decade Me Lee said he felt sure the precious gains of the past would not be lost.