'Buzz' of Democracy Needed; City-State Lacks Spirit of Capitalism, Activist Says
Byline: I-wei J. Chang, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
An opposition leader from Singapore said Western-style democracy and civil liberties could be the "buzz" that creates a vibrant society in the strictly regulated nation in Southeast Asia.
"[Former Prime Minister] Lee Kuan Yew said Hong Kong has the 'buzz' that Singapore lacks," said Chee Soon Juan, secretary-general of the opposition Singapore Democracy Party (SDP).
"What we don't need is for the government to continue to tell us what to do to become more efficient. Get out of the way. Let the people develop the potential to develop."
Mr. Chee, a visiting fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, …
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Publication information: Article title: 'Buzz' of Democracy Needed; City-State Lacks Spirit of Capitalism, Activist Says. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: July 2, 2004. Page number: A13. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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