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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 August, 2004, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Great expectations for new Singapore PM
Singapore's national flag

Singapore's new prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, receives a warm welcome in the country's press, although some in the region worry about the establishment of a political dynasty started by his father, Lee Kuan Yew.

One paper wonders whether he can empathise with the man in the street, while newspapers in neighbouring countries also contain calls for Mr Lee to strengthen ties with his Asean partners.

His abilities are outstanding and cannot be denied. The public see him as the right man to lead the government... They are confident in his ability to raise the country to a higher level of success.

Singapore's Berita Harian

Lee Hsien Loong will be a prime minister who is close to the people.

Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao

The bigger question is whether he has the political clout - and the emotional pull with people - to rally them... The ordinary Singaporean wonders: Can someone from such a pedigreed background, and who is so brilliant in his own right, understand me, the common man?

Singapore's The Straits Times

Mr Lee has an additional image burden: that his family is too powerful. His father remains in Cabinet as an adviser. His wife Ho Ching is executive director of state investment agency Temasek Holdings. Younger brother Hsien Yang heads one of Singapore's biggest companies, SingTel.

Singapore's The Straits Times

The Malay and Muslim community hope that Mr Lee will also give them more chances to raise their standing in society, and to bring it up to par with other communities'... We also hope that there will be understanding and toleration towards Islam under Mr Lee.

Singapore's Berita Harian

It goes without saying that he will be like a tiger with wings, soaring to great heights and continuing to develop.

Malaysia's Kwong Wah Yit Poh

The world would view the appointment of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong... as a continuation of the dynasty of Lee Kuan Yew. What kind of democracy has the city state applied?

Indonesia's Suara Pembaruan

The changing of the guard in Singapore... presents an opportunity to throw away the dead weight of historical baggage which has plagued bilateral relations. It is time to take concrete steps to move things forward.

Malaysia's New Straits Times

Our country's prime minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, and Lee Hsien Loong both belong to a new generation of leaders, and the answer to whether there will be a breakthrough in Malaysia-Singapore relations under the new leadership is obviously positive.

Malaysia's Nanyang Siang Pau

Singapore, which tends to look to the west, needs greater socialisation of its foreign policy with its neighbours, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam... If it had better communication, its wish to rent out its territory to American troops as a military base would not make its neighbours suspicious.

Indonesia's Suara Merdeka

Singapore cannot always expect European and American countries to act as her guardian angels, so she will have to maintain harmonious relations with her close neighbours, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaysia's Sin Chew Jit Poh

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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