What Constitutes A Good Leader?

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister and founder of modern Singapore, passed away last Sunday, 23rd March 2015.

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In this post, I will draw 3 parallels from anime to Mr LKY, in order to clearly illustrate what it means to be a good leader. This is my way of thanking him for all that he has contributed for Singapore, for us.

1) He never gave up on Singapore. 

Having scarce natural resources and a microscopic land, Singapore was theoretically doomed to fail, or at least, Singapore’s progress was expected to be sluggish. And these were not the only few problems…

– People lived in filthy slums and mudflats.

– Unemployment rate was sky-high.

– Racial riots broke out many a times, resulting in social disorder.

But look at us now: Singapore currently has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in the world, and rated the top 9th country in terms of United Nations – Human Development Index. And not to brag, but Singapore has also been crowned as the best place to live on Earth *flips hair*

All this was possible due to the faith Mr LKY had in this country. He did not give up on us, and continuously put in his best effort to improve the economy, allowing a destitute dump to evolve into an urban utopia, a metropolitan and vibrant city.

This metamorphosis is also reflected in Amagi Brilliant Park, where Kanie Seiya transformed a desolate and run-down amusement park, into a lively and brilliant local attraction. Both Mr LKY and Kanie carried out difficult decisions and sacrifices, that proved to be beneficial for the society in the end. And that act alone is worthy of respect and admiration.

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2) He was far-sighted.

In No Game No Life, Sora tend to carry out actions that were seemingly trivial at first, but turned out to be a significant factor of victory later on. For example, in the game of Materialization Shiritori, Sora removed Jibril’s ability to fly, in order to prevent her from flying away when all of them were being sucked towards the inner core of the planet.

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I wouldn’t say Mr LKY was as intelligent or creative as ‘Blank’, but he was a judicious leader and knew what to do in order to lead Singapore to success.

Land pollution is detrimental to the environment, but in terms of the situation then, there were many other problems more pertinent to Singapore. However, Mr LKY decided to prioritise the litter issue and curb it immediately. Furthermore, he instructed for there to be more trees planted throughout the city, and for the Singapore River to be thoroughly cleaned free of waste. All this enabled Singapore to attained the title of ‘Garden City‘, a pristine environment with the harmonious coexistence of human and nature. This also attracted Foreign Direct Investment, greatly boosting Singapore’s economy.

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Aside from being green, Mr LKY also worked on proper housing, bilingualism, multi-racialism, anti-corruption, etc, which are now all prominent features of modern Singapore. This is why foresight and the envisioning of the future are vital skills that all leaders should possess and emulate from Mr LKY.

3) He was widely respected and admired.

In order to be a leader, you need to have followers, and your followers must respect you.

After the death of Mr LKY, an estimated 447,299 Singaporeans & non-Singaporeans went to the Istana to pay their respects to Lee Kuan Yew. The queue stretched over kilometers and were over 8-10 hours long, but Singaporeans queued regardless, reason being that “these few hours of queuing is nothing compared to the entirety of his life Mr Lee Kuan Yew has dedicated and devoted to the development of Singapore”. On 29 March 2015, as the funeral cortege was heading towards the University Cultural Centre, thousands of Singaporeans lined the streets despite the heavy downpour, just to send Mr LKY off.

And it’s not just Singapore. President Obama called Mr LKY a “true giant of history”. On his death, Prime Minister Modi declared a national day of mourning in India. He was twice named one of Time‘s Most Influential people – of the 20th Century in 1999, and of the new decade in 2010. And the list goes on – countless of foreign leaders sent messages of condolences and shared how Mr LKY’s leadership has inspired them one way or another.

In Sengoku Musou, Lord Hideyoshi unified Japan and ended all the ongoing wars between regions. His passing was definitely a sad loss for all, as everyone revered him.

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These are not the only traits that a good leader should have. But at the same time, not all leaders are the same, and no leader is perfect.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew gave his whole life to Singapore, and it is because of his actions that many Singaporeans are able to experience this high standard of living we have now.

I, as an individual of the younger generation, may not have experienced the effects of your actions first-hand, but I am very thankful for having this safe and comfortable environment to learn, work, play and live my life.

Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and may you Rest In Peace. 

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Believe In Your Dreams

Undoubtedly, all of us has dreamed of accomplishing something. Be it a future ambition, or even your New Year’s Resolutions, we often set aims for ourselves to inch forward step by step, and achieve the goal eventually.

Hmm... where did those post-it notes go? xD

Hmm… where did those post-it notes go? xD

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Some dreams can be as easy as 1,2,3, producing ripe and juicy fruits through pure talent.

Some dreams can be as ambitious as becoming the richest, but your efforts may seem futile at first.

Some dreams can be as tedious as climbing Mt. Everest, having to overcome many obstacles before finally reaching the summit.

Miley Cyrus – The Climb
Always gonna be an uphill battle, sometimes I’m gonna have to lose~”

One of my favourite songs all time <3

One of my favourite songs all time ❤

But whatever it is, you should never give up trying to pursue your dreams. Be it typhoons or tornados, you should never be brought down. Gaia may chain you down, but it’s up to you whether you want to break free from the fetters and spread your wings. In other words, your potential may be limited through your physical environment, but you can overcome those limits through determination and hard work! You may have been born in a Less Economically Developed Country, and indeed, you may receive less resources and opportunities as a result, but that does not entirely prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Life is unfair, so all you have to do is to put in more effort, in order to change your circumstances.

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However, diligence is not all that it takes to make your dreams come true, for it takes two hands to clap after all.

Other than working hard, you need to believe in your own dreams.

Now, what do I mean by that?

In my experience, I have met many people who are committed in saving the environment. But, the reasoning behind their ‘passion’ is that they were taught to do so from young. The notion that everyone needs to protect Earth, has been constantly instilled in them, to the point that they think it is only natural to do so. This is not wrong at all, but by doing this, you’re merely carrying out an ideal, and not, believing in your dream.

To truly believe in your dream, you need to be passionate about it, and understand that you’re doing this for yourself; for personal reasons and feelings. One may desire for world peace, but what is your motivation behind that wish? What is the rationale behind it? WHY DO YOU WANT IT? You may simply want world peace because that is the ‘correct’ thing to do, and not the thing that you want to do.

As a teenager, my teachers at school often ask us, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Some would say doctor, lawyer and scientist, because that is often what their parents encouraged them to be. In fact, majority of students have yet to find what they themselves truly want to do… If you identify yourself as one of these people, it’s not a problem at all! Sure, life is short, but it takes time and experience to learn more about yourself. Would you rather spend a long time doing something you don’t enjoy, or enjoying something that you love to do for a brief period of time? I think most mentally-healthy people will choose a short-lived happiness, over plain torture…

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Anyway, I believe that Believe (One Piece OP2) is a very good summary of my post. For the song, there is an English Dub version, and I just want to highlight these two lines from it.

~I’m gonna follow my dreams, no matter how crazy they seem~

~Live how we want to~

Finally, I’d like to end off with this phrase of mine that I always repeat in my previous posts. I said it in my Christianity & Homosexuality post, and I indirectly mentioned it in my Fitting In post.

Live Your Own Life! #LYOL

Find your own dreams.

Believe in your dreams.

Strive to realise your dreams.

Thank you for dreami- I mean, reading 🙂