There are vast differences between a politician and a politico, the former dedicating his whole life to his nation and people while the latter caring only their own interests. To tell between the two, we need to see what kind of attitude they have towards their principles.
However, the closure of Nanyang University has also indirectly induced the Chinese community in Malaysia to attach a greater attention to the survival of Chinese education in Malaysia, while strengthening their determination in defending the last hope for Chinese education in the region.
Singapore and Malaya finally merged in 1963, but racial disputes continued, even resulted in clashes. It forced Lee to declare in tears the withdrawal of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia on August 9, 1965.