Karachi: Moderates Chairman Syed Jawaid Iqbal has condoled the death of the founding prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew.
Jawaid Iqbal said Lee Kuan Yew had left behind a rich legacy of efficiency, an unsentimental approach to governance, a policy of zero corruption, inventiveness, a forward-looking attitude and pragmatism.
Expressing his deep sorrow on the passing away of the statesman, Jawaid Iqbal said: “Under his leadership, even after he retired from the government, Singapore continued to move towards becoming an international business and financial center admired for its efficiency and low level of corruption.”
Lee Kwan Yew’s “Singapore model,” sometimes described as soft authoritarianism, included centralized power, clean government and economic liberalism which created a climate of caution and self-censorship. The model has been admired and studied by leaders in Asia and beyond as well as being the subject of countless academic case studies.
Jawaid said Lee Kwan Yew’s leadership was a unique combination of charisma and statesmanship. He said Lee succeeded in achieving his ideals because he was a master of “Asian values,” a concept which was driven by discipline in all areas of governance.
The Moderates chairman called upon the government as well as all moderate Pakistanis to adopt Lee’s philosophy in terms of the determination with which he pursued it, his far-reaching vision and his forceful and commanding approach.