PM Lee to honor American author of book “In Praise of Nepotism”

Mr. Adam Bellow, author of the esteemed book “In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History”, first published in 2003, is scheduled to arrive in Singapore later this week to accept a plaque and gift basket from PM Lee.  It is also rumoured that Mr. Bellow will be given honorary citizenship by President S.R. Nathan for his substantial efforts over the years in promoting Singapore’s image internationally. In a press release from the Prime Minister’s office, the award has “nothing to do with the book, but rather Mr. Bellow’s renowned accomplishments in promoting Singapore in general.”  Mr. Lee further personally remarked that any journalist, particularly those from the Financial Times, who mentions the book in connection with Singapore or its unique political situation, risk lawsuit and financial ruin.  “Mr. Bellow has done so much for Singapore, especially his efforts at convincing Westerners that Singapore is the first world country that it is, and it is time we repay our gratitude.”

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