INTERNATIONAL DESK - SINGAPORE and Malaysia are two of the most successful of the new nations that came into being when the old colonial empires broke up after the Second World War. Neither was assured of success. Each had some built-in weaknesses that could have meant disaster. But their practical, common sense approach to nation building has led them to an enviable position of prosperity. Some ex-colonies wasted the first years of independence in a futile attempt to prove they could "do it themselves." Now their frustrated leaders blame the past, and mortgage the future while their countries fall apart, and their people wallow in deepening poverty.
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