The book, launched on January 21, was based on a series of interviews conducted between December 2008 and October 2009. It includes a DVD of edited video clips.
In the aftermath of a storm of protests from Singapore’s Malay-Muslim communities, the following statement was issued on 8 March 2011:
"I made this one comment on the Muslims integrating with other communities probably two or three years ago. Ministers and MPs, both Malay and non-Malay, have since told me that Singapore Malays have indeed made special efforts to integrate with the other communities, especially since 9/11, and that my call is out of date. I stand corrected."
The astute among us noted that there was no clear apology. It smacked of Wee Siew Kim's first meek attempt to make amends, and turned out to be taking sides with and justifying his daughter's venom.
The latest interview of 28 March 2011 with Charlie Rose confirms the betrayal of the trust which Singaporeans, of all races and religions, have placed in his words.
LKY: “I said in that book (“Hard Truths”) that I think that Malays, that Muslims should be relaxed and eat together with the others.”
CR: “And it created a firestorm and your son said, the Prime Minister, differed with you.”
LKY: “That’s right.”
CR: “So, were you right or your son?”
LKY: *laughs*; “He has to be right because he is the Prime Minister.”
CR: “But … but?”
LKY: “But you ask the average person in the street whether what I’ve said is true.”
CR: “And they would say?”
LKY: “You ask them.”