Love him or hate him, this guy had the gravitas to lead a nation. That's why you sit up when he denounced MM Lee for his remarks in the odious volume which should really be called, “Lee Kuan Yew: Half Truths To Keep Singapore Sinking”.
“I’m not surprised by his statement because to him religion is not important. For him, the end justifies the means, so if he wants racial integration in Singapore, he won’t let Islam stand in the way of his goals. That is Kuan Yew. He totally does not respect religion and the sensitivities of other races.”
Mahathir also blamed Lee for breaking a promise not to contest in east Malaysia in the 1964 elections, saying it was his actions that led to the separation of Singapore from Malaysia. The fairy this side of the causeway blames everybody else, the most recent of which was that Goh Keng Swee "decided on his own that it would be better for Malaysia and Singapore to have a clean break."
And as for the tit-for-tat about Mahathir criticising his successor, guess who described Goh Chok Tong on national TV as "wooden" and that he might have to see a psychiatrist about it? Poor Goh, he recalled the awkwardness after the inexplicable speech, "How would the people come and greet me? It was very awkward. They looked at me...they didn't know whether to smile or to sympathise with me." So much for "Mahathir undermined his successors, I never did."