Don't Look Now, Singapore, But Malaysia Is Gaining On You

For years, Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore has tormented political opponents and journalists with lectures and libel writs. Now he seems to have met his match. Malaysia's threat to freeze bilateral ties in retaliation for insulting remarks he made about crime in its Johor state, adjoining Singapore, forced Lee to apologize on Mar. 29. "[We] are not going to turn the other cheek again and again," says Zainal Aznam Yusof, deputy director at Kuala Lumpur's Institute of Strategic & International Studies.

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