The 7-day propaganda after the demise of Lee Kuan Yew seems to have its intended effect on quite a number of Singaporeans.
Minister Lui has received a petition to rename Changi Airport “Lee Kuan Yew International Airport” which has 12,481 supporters. They are likely to include foreigners who believe LKY was their god.
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Lui should focus on other pressing issues because the numbers are simply too small to justify wasting his time ie PAP grassroots number about 40,000 and clearly, more than 70% do not support the idea. What about the 140,000 strong public service? Lui has to put the 12,481 renaming enthusiasts into perspective – they are just a drop in the ocean.
Constructed with tax dollars, Changi Airport was corporatised on 1 July 2009. Changi Airport Group (CAG) is believed to be owned by Temasek Holdings headed by Ho Ching, wife of PM Lee. However, Temasek Holdings has made no mention of this major investment in its annual report since CAG was formed in its 2010 report (page 86) right up till 2014.
The chairman of the new Civil Avation Authority of Singapore is Lee Hsien Yang, brother of PM Lee. An interesting read – Wikileaks “cable 09SINGAPORE704, SINGAPORE AIRPORT “CORPORATIZED”; LEE FAMILY”.
If the renaming is approved, can CAAS Chairman Lee Hsien Yang then say “this is my father’s airport”? What about LKY’s grandchildren? Can Temasek’s Ho Ching then claim that LKYIA is my father-in-law’s airport as well as it “belongs to us (Temasek Holdings)”?
A renaming exercise would cost tens of millions of dollars, a cosmetic exercise which serves no purpose.
PAP MP Tan Soo Khoon had this to say about renaming: “Changing a name means you probably have to pay some slick design consultant to … re-do your logo, all your signboards, letterheads, envelopes and other stationery, not to mention spending lots of money to tell the whole world that you now have a new name. At the end of it all, you’re still doing the same things, but nobody is any wiser what you actually do or how to look for you.”
Mr Tan was commenting on the renaming of PSB to Spring Singapore in 2002.
If the PAP was even listening to its own MP, Mah Bow Tan would not have wasted $400,000 of our tax dollars to rename Marina Bay… Marina Bay.
There was even a contest to name our budget terminal. The choice of our planners was … Budget Terminal.
PAP must not lose face to Indian villagers who plan to erect a statue for LKY. We can outdo them by renaming roads, bridges, primary and secondary schools, shopping malls, etc. Perhaps we should try something really different – why not rename our country to Lee Kuan Yew City? Become a joke and bring a smile to the whole world.