Singapore's Minister Mentor
Lee Kuan Yew said on Sunday that Singapore is part of a globalized world and has
to take advantage of that world stage.
Singapore has to be as cosmopolitan as other world class cities like New York
and London, for its own survival and success, the Singapore first-ever prime
minister told a gathering of young People's Action party members, local
television Channel NewsAsia reported.
Talking about Singapore's future, Lee pointed out that it will continue to
synthesize, as more immigrants and foreigners settle in.
"If we are dynamic, we will attract talent, we will grow because we have more
talent. When I say talent, it means people who add to the dynamism of that
society," the television quoted Lee as saying.
Singapore is not only trying to attract foreign talents, but also strive to
retain good leaders in the public service.
Lee defended the government's position on increasing the salary of ministers.
He said he had no doubt about paying ministers a good salary to look after a
multi-billion dollar economy.
With the latest salary revisions announced earlier this month, ministers'
annual salaries will rise from the current 1.2 million Singapore dollars (about
790,000 U.S. dollars) to 1.6 million dollars (about 1.1 million U.S. dollars).
He also responded to questions from the young party members, such as
censorship, homosexuality, as well as countering global warming, the report