with updates, Sunday 01 July:Yes, Singapore's Minister Mentor is hitting out at us again. Not just at Johor but at Malaysia.
AKJ in his blog The Scribe urges Umno members to be weary. LKY "... is creating suspicion among Umno leaders. He appears to be pitting the Johor Umno against the President."
Shar at OBE says he looks forward to Wisma Putra's response to the "Little Emperor".
Ron in Gerbang Ruhanie wonders if LKY was staging a reverse psychology warfare against Malaysians who oppose IDR.
SKThew has a posting, "Let the War begins".
We are still waiting for the first Umno leader/member to comment on LKY's remarks.
"On one side Pas is trying to topple the prime minister but when Umno leaders, particularly from Johor, are also doing the same, Singaporean investors must seriously ask themselves when this attitude will change and whether they welcome us in IDR." - Lee Kuan Yew.
Despite all that the Abdullah Administration has done to woo the Singaporeans to the Iskandar Development Region, including forming a joint-ministerial committee, Kuan Yew is not impressed. In fact, he's told his people not to expect privileged treatment from Malaysia like the "generous treatment" accorded by China to investors from Hong Kong in Shenzhen province.
"Singapore cannot expect the same treatment form Malaysia."That''s fine by me, but he didn't stop there. He went on to tell Singapore companies to evaluate whether their presence is welcomed at IDR as there are protests from among Umno leaders, especially from Johor.
"On one side Pas is trying to topple the prime minister but when Umno leaders, especially from Johor, are also doing the same, Singaporean investors must seriously ask themselves when this attitude will change and whether they welcome us in IDR," he saide in an interview with Singapore's Berita Harian. [Read the Bernama report here and the latest AP report dated 1 July 2007 here]This is a very serious allegation. LKY is saying that Umno leaders, particularly from Johor, are trying to topple the Prime Minister. The PM is Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
This is a very serious allegation, indeed.