SINGAPORE (Aug 27): As Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began delivering his annual National Day Rally (NDR) speech on the evening of Aug 19, the movie Crazy Rich Asians was well on its way to making box office history in the US. While PM Lee’s speech laid out a host of welfare initiatives for ordinary Singaporeans, the highly anticipated movie celebrated the supposedly glitzy, luxe life of the city state’s ultra-rich elite.

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