“We are a nation in the making
. Will we make it? Am I certain we’ll get there? No, I cannot say that. Something can go wrong somewhere and we’ll fall apart,” said the Minister Mentor at the launch of his new book at St Regis Hotel on Friday.
Speaking in front of an audience of over 160 people, comprising of diplomats, Members of Parliaments and academics, MM Lee went on to assess Singapore’s chances of becoming a true nation.
“If you believe it’s a reality, then I think you’re making a mistake. It’s an aspiration, it’s something we must make into reality probably in another 20,30, 40, 50 years.
At what stage would he consider Singapore a true “nation”
When its people were willing to make sacrifices and “die for one another”,
He gave the example of China and Japan as nations having been ravaged and demolished but whose ”people have come together to rebuild it”.
But if the same thing were to happen to Singapore, it may “simply fall apart”, said MM Lee.
“I do not deceive myself for one moment that our differences of race, culture and religion will disappear,
” he said,
before urging the current and future generations of Singaporean leaders to “nurture, strengthen and build upon” the current Singapore.
Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going,
个人翻译： 我们是在建设中的国族， 。。要再20 －50 年才能完成， 到时各族同胞愿意为各同胞牺生， 种族，文化，宗教 等会排在次位。。
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