You don’t need a title to be a leader

In 1963, Singapore officially merged with Malaysia after the end of British colonial rule. But the merger was brief, ending in 1965. Malaysia saw it fit to separate from a country lacking in the wealth of natural resources such as Singapore. The separation from Malaysia was an emotional blow for Lee Kuan Yew. Nevertheless, he braced himself and vowed to transform Singapore from a poor third world country to one of the best developed nations of the world.

Lee Kuan Yew swore to his nation; his future and Singapore’s future would be one and the same. He wouldn’t let the common people die of starvation and busy himself with building his personal wealth. His life and death would be in and for the country. His future and Singapore’s would be aligned. There will be no sanctuary for him in the world other than his own country. Undertaking this oath to his people, Yew became fixated in transforming his dream of Singapore into a reality. And the same generation of Singapore saw the country take a phenomenal leap in progress from starvation to skyscrapers. The country which lacked in access to clean drinking water back in the day became the fourth biggest commercial centre of the world.  Singapore’s progress transformed the country not only from a third-world nation to a developed one, but to one of the richest countries of the world.  Span of only 40 years is a limited time-frame, even for personal prosperity; Lee Kuan Yew succeeded in remarkably changing the face of Singapore and the world status of his people. Lee Kuan Yew is thus said to be the new face of Singapore and the founder of new-age Singapore.

I have travelled many countries of the world but one thing that particularly astonished me about Singapore was that you do not need to buy bottled water in the country at any point and place. This is because tap water in Singapore is clean and hygienic as per the international standards for drinking water. While drinking water I never failed to recall that Singapore lacked the source of drinking water at the time it came into being.

Lee Kuan Yew passed away on 23rd March, 2015. Three years have passed since Yew’s passing but the Singaporean people still find him in everything they relish. During the last rites of the great leader’s funeral, the people spent days standing in queues spanning miles to pay their respect to the late father of the nation. The nation is grateful to Yew; he fulfilled his promise to them. Not a single eye in sight was tearless on the passing of their beloved leader.

Singapore was blessed with one good leader and they scaled the heights of glory. On the other hand, Pakistanis witnessed a protracted list of big names; including the Qaid-e-Millat, Qaid-e-Awam, Mard-e-Momin, Mard-e-Haq, to the Quaid e AzamSaani. The nation saw the Qaid-e -Inqalaab, the Qaid-e-Tehreek, Khadim-e-Aala and even the Kaptaan; however, none of them bothered to think through the real issues of the nation. Whether East or West, this is certain that actual progress never requires a league of leaders rather single, worthy person would be good enough. All he needs would be faithful intention, exposure, enthusiasm, and ability to turn possibilities into opportunities. The picture in Pakistan is flip-flop though and thus the reason for the comparative retrogression. Here if someone admires infrastructure, he would spend his life building bridges and introducing modern buses or trains and the others who venerate atmosphere environment would strive bring tsunami of trees clearly visible over Facebook pages. There is another category spilling blood, sweat and tears to make “Mohajiristan” out of Pakistan and yet another who is busy fighting for Afghanistan. The so-called revolutionists deem thirty years a trivial time to make a country like Singapore and desire an extension of at least thirty more years. Half of the Pakistan is asking for, “why disqualified?” and rest of it is answering the question. Lending an ear on the judiciary would reveal that leaving ten lac pending cases behind judges are tied up to rectify administrative and political subjects.

Is it how Pakistan would become a country like Singapore, China or Turkey? And why would the nation’s state change after all? None of these manufactured leaders accepted Pakistan’s future as their own, nor did they accept the country to be their true abode. Some have their wealth secured in the foreign lands, others their own kin. Why would they endanger their life for the good of the country when they don’t accept it to be their “home”, in the truest sense?

Pakistan does not need a fleet of such leaders to see prosperity; it only needs a leader who envisions and aligns his own future with that of the nation – who would live and die for Pakistan, and have no other abode than the country itself. It’s been ages since the dew drops echoed the cries of the blooming flower. It is high-time now that someone hears the laments of this blooming flower and vows to protect it. People of Pakistan want nothing but the Pakistan that was promised by Quaid-e-Azam.

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20 Comments

  1. nadia says

    Good work. Keep writing mr malik.
    Great choice, weldone team dunya news blog.

    1. wasif malik says

      thank u

  2. Jamshed asad says

    Singapore was blessed with one good leader and they scaled the heights of glory. On the other hand, Pakistanis witnessed a protracted list of big names; including the Qaid-e-Millat, Qaid-e-Awam, Mard-e-Momin, Mard-e-Haq, to the Quaid e AzamSaani. The nation saw the Qaid-e -Inqalaab, the Qaid-e-Tehreek, Khadim-e-Aala and even the Kaptaan; however, none of them bothered to think through the real issues of the nation. Whether East or West, this is certain that actual progress never requires a league of leaders rather single, worthy person would be good enough. All he needs would be faithful intention, exposure, enthusiasm, and ability to turn possibilities into opportunities. The picture in Pakistan is flip-flop though and thus the reason for the comparative retrogression. Here if someone admires infrastructure, he would spend his life building bridges and introducing modern buses or trains and the others who venerate atmosphere environment would strive bring tsunami of trees clearly visible over Facebook pages. There is another category spilling blood, sweat and tears to make “Mohajiristan” out of Pakistan and yet another who is busy fighting for Afghanistan. The so-called revolutionists deem thirty years a trivial time to make a country like Singapore and desire an extension of at least thirty more years. Half of the Pakistan is asking for, “why disqualified?” and rest of it is answering the question.

    1. wasif malik says

      thank u

  3. Jamshed asad says

    Whenever i read yr piece it looks like oh it was in me heart.

  4. Nadia says

    Jamshed u missed this paragraph i think? Trie soul of this article. “Lending an ear on the judiciary would reveal that leaving ten lac pending cases behind judges are tied up to rectify administrative and political subjects.”

  5. Sajid khan aurakzai says

    Pakistan kay aisa nasib kahan. Here we don’t have any option.

    1. wasif malik says

      thank u

  6. Sajid khan aurakzai says

    . The picture in Pakistan is flip-flop though and thus the reason for the comparative retrogression. Here if someone admires infrastructure, he would spend his life building bridges and introducing modern buses or trains and the others who venerate atmosphere environment would strive bring tsunami of trees clearly visible over Facebook pages. Hahahhahaha kya khoob kaha

  7. sundus says

    Lee Kuan Yew swore to his nation; his future and Singapore’s future would be one and the same. He wouldn’t let the common people die of starvation and busy himself with building his personal wealth. His life and death would be in and for the country. His future and Singapore’s would be aligned. There will be no sanctuary for him in the world other than his own country. Undertaking this oath to his people, Yew became fixated in transforming his dream of Singapore into a reality. And the same generation of Singapore saw the country take a phenomenal leap in progress from starvation to skyscrapers. The country which lacked in access to clean drinking water back in the day became the fourth biggest commercial centre of the world. Singapore’s progress transformed the country not only from a third-world nation to a developed one, but to one of the richest countries of the world. Span of only 40 years is a limited time-frame, even for personal prosperity; Lee Kuan Yew succeeded in remarkably changing the face of Singapore and the world status of his people. Lee Kuan Yew is thus said to be the new face of Singapore and the founder of new-age Singapore.

    1. wasif malik says

      thank u

  8. sundus says

    Pakistan does not need a fleet of such leaders to see prosperity; it only needs a leader who envisions and aligns his own future with that of the nation – who would live and die for Pakistan, and have no other abode than the country itself. It’s been ages since the dew drops echoed the cries of the blooming flower. It is high-time now that someone hears the laments of this blooming flower and vows to protect it. People of Pakistan want nothing but the Pakistan that was promised by Quaid-e-Azam.

  9. sundus says

    I think good writing comes from good reading. Charles Kuralt ·and i Think you are Really good in writing, runs a lot like a visual on the screen. God blessed you wasif.

  10. Salma khalid says

    Beautiful craft with blend of singaporean history.

  11. Sameer Khan says

    Rarely comes a leader who devotes so much for his nation. Transforming a nation is the toughest jobs but its rewards are so enormous that it turns the land and its surrounding into a heavenly bode. Singapore story is one of its kind. From third world to first in Lee Kuan Yew story, who said this most famous quote. “You begin your journey not knowing where it will take you. You have plans, you have dreams, but every now and again you have to take uncharted roads, face impassable mountains, cross treacherous rivers, be blocked by landslides and earthquakes. That’s the way my life has been”. When Singapore attained its freedom, it was at totter hood. Every step possessed a new challenge. Very few gave them a chance to survive. Singapore story of a tiny little red dot was doomed to be a failure. Japanese attacked them, Malaysian kicked them out of the federation, british deserted them, Indonesia konfrontasi wanted to swallow them. Here was a man who had a steel in him. All he had was lowly educated people, diverse ethnic population. with no natural resources and hostile neighborhood with people living in mudflats. He turned the tide and transformed the island but most importantly he transformed the nature and the mindset of his people where he unleashed the talent of his people.

    1. wasif malik says

      true and thanks

  12. Sana Sattar says

    You need to see the documentary Lee Kuan Yew – nation building and housing. Women in 60’s have told their stories that they were living in mudflats that did not stretch beyond the size of beds. They had to use buckets to pee in that and they throw them into a poisonous river. It was called malarial fishing village which was infested with dengue and diseases. You can see in he video kids and men walking in torn clothes, and living impoverished lives. Riots were common sight and secret societies were controlling the society. It is indeed impossible to even dream to transform such a difficult place into a thriving global metropolis. It is easy to hate, divide and segregate people but most difficult to make them sit, live, eat and work together. World need more Singapore. Alas that’s not how it works

    1. wasif malik says

      agreed. thanks

  13. wasif malik says

    Dear All, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude towards all of you who took out time to read this article. i am thankful for your valuable comments they mean a lot. feel free to share your opinion at my twitter account i.e. @wasifmalik23
    stay blessed.
    wasif

  14. kashif ahmed says

    good one

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