"No. You suggest to the Malays that we abolish the (Article 152) provisions in the Constitution, you will have grave disquiet" - MM Lee response to Viswa
I was a bit confused over how MM Lee could have linked the call for greater equality with the removal of rights for Malays under section Article 152. I always thought the extra help and protection for minorities who may be disadvantaged due to discrimination by a majority race can help to level them up and bring about greater equality. Anti-hate laws and affirmative action for minorities in other countries such as Native Indians in N. America and aborigines in Australia serve to bring about greater equality and is consistent with equality being a goal that a society aspire towards. I think MM Lee views equality narrowly as 'equal treatment' rather than a social goal. As the economic inequality between various segments of society grows, we need to bring back govt commitment to greater equality. Whether our pledge is an aspiration or ideology, greater equality is a worthy goal especially when we are seeing both poverty and conspicuous consumption (the French cooks among greater mortals?) are growing at the same time. NMP Viswa's speech in parliament is a timely reminder to do what is right for Singaporeans.
Here NMP Viswa's reply to MM Lee: