SINGAPORE: Chophouse Chopin

In the three weeks since he took over as Singapore's first Prime Minister after 140 years of British colonial rule, slim Lee Kuan Yew has not yet justified all the fears of what his leftish People's Action Party might do to capitalism. But as a determined anti-imperialist, Cantabrigian Lee went to work right away on what he thought were imperialism's decadent gifts to Asia. Cracking down on Singapore s boisterous seamy side, Lee banned jukeboxes, closed down some 1,200 pinball machines, and ordered the Singapore radio to stop broadcasting rock 'n' roll. Later he ruled that the jukeboxes could...

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