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Sinnathamby Rajaratnam

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"Singapore run only by PhDs would be my vision of a purgatory. Equally, a government run by roadsweepers can be no less a terrifying place to live in." - Rajaratnam (undated)

 
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"One united people, regardless of race, language or religion." - Rajaratnam penned the Singapore National Pledge in 1966.

 
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