From Singapore’s Success by Henri Ghesquiere:

Malaya and the British saw in the union [between Malaysia and Singapore] a way to help Lee, and themselves, prevent Singapore, then a hotbed of communist agitation, from becoming an Asian Cuba.

Talk about a near miss! And yet I’m greedy. No sooner did I feel grateful that the communists failed to strangle the infant Asian Tiger than I felt regret that Cuba failed to become a Latin American Singapore.