11/7/2017 3:08:39 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani will be stepping down as the dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore on Dec 31.
He is stepping down after a heated debate over his comment that small countries like Singapore must “älways behave like small states”.
Formerly Singapore’s envoy to the United Nations, he has been the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy since it was founded in 2004.
In a statement to the school’s governing board, he cited a double heart bypass operation last year and said he wanted to “focus on a new career that involves more time spent on reading, reflection and writing”.
He was criticised by Singapore’s Law Minister K Shanmugam and senior diplomats including Ambassador at Large Bilahari Kausikan after he wrote a column in The Straits Times in July about Qatar’s conflict with its Gulf neighbours. The “Qatar episode holds many lessons for Singapore”, he wrote, adding: “Small states must always behave like small states.”
Dr Huang Jing, a Chinese-American academic at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, was banned from Singapore earlier this year after being identified as “an agent of influence of a foreign country”.