The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, left London for the United States today after a five-day visit to Britain.
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MCU Lee Kwan Yew interviewed.
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 2):
REPORTER: "On the question of defence in South East Asia and the British military presence there, have you detected any change in the British attitude to this question?"
LEE: "Oh, I would not say so. I think there has been some refinement in the components of the force which will be left in Singapore after 1971 and this is mainly as a result of Lord Carrington's discussions in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Canberra and Wellington."
REPORTER: "The Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference is going to be held in Singapore in January. This is going to be quite a prestige event for Singapore but is it going to mean anything else in any other terms to Singapore?"
LEE: "What is there which we can do to help each other to develop, to raise standards of education, to pass on expertise, technology, to increase trade, the exchange of ideas, skills, know-how and generally to improve standards of life."
REPORTER: "You see the Commonwealth continuing?"
LEE: "Well I see it making...what I would like to see ti making an effort to get on to a positive constructive track, moving upwards and not just picking faults with each other which is a sterile, futile business."
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Background: The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, left London for the United States today after a five-day visit to Britain. At the airport he told newsmen that the Commonwealth countries should stop finding fault with each other and adopt a constructive approach to living standards and education.
Mr. Lee will be host to the next Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in Singapore in January. He told newsmen that the conference should not be a meeting to berate countries over internal policies, such as whether individual countries should issue passports, nor to try to force countries to abandon policies.