The English word “mealy-mouthed” comes from the German Mehl im Maule behalten, “to carry meal in the mouth, that is, not to be direct in speech,” the dictionary says. Its opposite is “plain-spoken,” as in “Mr Lee Kuan Yew is as plain-spoken as Dr Singh is mealy-mouthed.” This is not an English lesson, however. It’s just that the word came to mind while reading this AFP report “Lee Kuan Yew urges Muslims to ‘be less strict’.”
Shocking! “How can he say that?” the secularists of India will exclaim, recoiling in horror. How racist of him! (Muslims don’t constitute a race. Free hint to retards.)
Isn’t there some sort of international law which makes criticizing Muslims a punishable crime?
Anyway, the title of that article is provocatively misleading. Here’s a bit from it that I find very revealing about the man and his style.
Lee also revealed that he had donated to charity all his earnings of S$13 million ($10 million) since stepping down as prime minister in 1990 after 31 years in power.
Singapore’s cabinet ministers are the highest paid in the world as part of a strategy to prevent corruption and attract talent from the private sector.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew, I wish India had someone like you to lead it. But when it comes to the kind of leaders a country gets, it is a random draw — just like one has no choice in what kind of parents one gets.
It’s all karma, neh?
[Hat tip: Rajeev Mantri for the link to the AFP article.]