Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his father – former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew – and intervening Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, have successfully obtained a defamation settlement of more than $US100,000 out of the New York Times:
Listing the Lees as an Asian political dynasty in a Feb. 15 article, “may have been understood by readers to infer that the younger Mr. Lee did not achieve his position through merit,” the Times said in an apology published Wednesday. “We wish to state clearly that this inference was not intended.”
How irresponsible of the Grey Lady to criticise the political system the Lees established that has given their party complete control over the country for 64 years, that has given Singapore one of the highest execution rates in the world, that applies ludicrously harsh penalties to minor offending, that pays the man in charge many times more than the US President, that implements strong deterrents against free speech that see opposition leaders and foreign journalists alike paying huge sums to the Lees for having the temerity to criticise them…
The Lees deserve respect, not condemnation for nepotism or authoritarianism or corruption or any of the other things that people who promptly get sued might say about them.