LKY Tribute 27 March 2015

23 comments:


  1. "Having lived and been educated in the UK as well and now with my own family, it allowed me to full appreciate how fortunate we are to be Singaporeans."
    - Mr. Jeremy Ng

    Just like Mr. Ng, I used to stay overseas. I was educated in an international school and studied only American history. When I came back to Singapore, I marvelled at how clean the air, roads, pedestrian walkways, toilets, and public places in general were. When I lived overseas, the only time I could experience such 'clean-ness' is when I came back to Singapore for holidays. As a couple years went by, I learnt to fully appreciate what Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has done for this country. The clean water, clean city, and safe neighbourhoods. Although I have not experienced Mr. Lee personally or lived in the time when he changed this country entirely, I am grateful for him and glad to be able to enjoy the fruits of his labour.

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  2. “As a leader and a great statesman who loved his people, he was also one of the most influential politicians in Asia. Under his leadership, Singapore successfully transformed into a major economic hub in Asia, putting it on a par with other developed nations.”

    President of Indonesia Mr Joko Widodo

    I find this tribute very meaningful to me as it shows what Mr Lee have done and also what he has accomplished. This tribute shows how much Mr Lee loves the people of Singapore and under his leadership, singapore has become a developed country from a developing country.

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  3. US President Barack Obama was among the first world leaders to pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, who died on Monday at the age of 91.

    “On behalf of the American people, (First lady) Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to the Lee family and join the people of Singapore in mourning the loss of this remarkable man,” he said, in a statement released just hours after news broke of Mr Lee’s passing.

    He hailed the Mr Lee as a “visionary” as well as a “devoted public servant and remarkable leader” and said he was deeply saddened by the news.

    I feel that this quote is meaningful towards me because know that USA is a huge country, not only in size, but also in economics. Mr Lee was a huge businessman, and for Singapore, he would take up many offers. President Barack Obama said that he is "visionary", which shows his far-seeing nature and a devoted public servant, showing that he does not have the fear of working hard, while having the ability to lead the country. He is truly a pioneer in his work and I hope Singapore will have more leaders in the future.

    - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/us-president-barack-obama-deeply-saddened-death-mr-lee-k#sthash.PBi1sDxS.dpuf

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  4. "He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs."
    President Barack Obama

    I feel that what President Barack Obama has said is very true. Mr Lee Kuan Yew did all these arrangements and development partly for himself but more for the better of Singaporeans. He did spent more than half of his life on Singapore, trying his very best to make Singapore a developed country with advanced technology and best comfort. The least we can do as Singaporeans is to respect and cherish what he did for us and continue to love SIngapore for him and further develop it. I am deeply touched by his actions and words that put SIngapore where it is today.

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  5. The British prime minister, David Cameron, said: “Lady Thatcher once said that there was no prime minister she admired more than Mr Lee for ‘the strength of his convictions, the clarity of his views, the directness of his speech and his vision of the way ahead’. His place in history is assured, as a leader and as one of the modern world’s foremost statesmen.”
    This shows the impact that Lee Kuan Yew had around the world.Even Margaret Thatcher one of the biggest Prime Minister that the UK had ever had,recognises Lee Kuan Yew as a great man who I quote: "Mr Lee for ‘the strength of his convictions, the clarity of his views, the directness of his speech and his vision of the way ahead".I am grateful what Lee Kuan Yew has done for this country and I as a fellow Singaporean I salute you!

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  6. “I asked (my students) to share what they would remember about Mr Lee. They all remember him as a passionate and visionary leader who stood up for what he believed in. He feared no one and this is why Singapore continues to punch about its own weight in the global arena.
    -JC 1, Hemma Balakrishnan

    This tribute resonated with me the most as students who are just 17 years old, people who have not been through the era with Mr Lee, could still remember his contributions to the country. That shoes how deeply his actions are etched in our minds. Also this tribute was meaningful towards me as it made me remember how passionate a leader he is, with a vision for this country. Even though people told him it was impossible, he feared no obstacle and continue to strived hard till he succeeded. Even when he succeeded to build a prosperous nation, he still continue what he started, ensuring the nation is going forwards not backwards. And i strive to have the same kind of perseverance as him, having the same mindset that learning thus not only end when you graduate.

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  7. “He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one [of] the great strategists of Asian affairs.”

    President of the United States of America

    Mr Barack Obama

    I find this tribute the most meaningful as Mr Lee given up his life for a successful Singapore. When I was born, there were trees, clean water, well built roads and of course clean air. All these will never happen if Mr Lee did not enforced on greeneries and he changed Singapore, from a third world country to a first world country, and now. Singapore is well-known even though we are a little red dot thanks to Mr Lee and Mr Lee will always be a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations.

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  8. "As I was drawing this picture, I was reminded that Singapore's success was due to Mr Lee's dedication and perseverance."
    - Student , Mr Ong Yi teck
    I feel that this most the most meaningful tribute to Lee Kuan Yew as It shows Mr Ong's dedication and perseverance just as Mr Lee dedicated his whole life to Singapore and revered on with the independence of Singapore

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  9. "He impressed me with his clarity of intellect, with his strength that he showed in facing his challenges, and with the courage in which he defended his position." - Dr Henry A. Kissinger

    He was a courageous leader who would do anything for the fate of Singapore. He lead Singapore into what it is today. There were many challenges on the way but Mr Lee Kuan Yew faced it with courage and conquered it. His courage inspires me.

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  10. “He impressed me with his clarity of intellect, with his strength that he showed in facing his challenges, and with the courage in which he defended his position.”

    Former Secretary of State of the United States of America
    - Dr Henry A. Kissinger

    Like what Dr Henry said, Mr Lee Kuan Yew did not bow down to hard challenges and difficulties. He showed confidence of being able to build this country to become a first world country from a third. He did not let the difficulties in maintaining Singapore bring him down however, instead he thought of the idea of going overseas to partner with other countries for resources so that Singapore would be able to survive in the long run. Without his quick thinking and knowledge on law, Singapore would be not be a country that people would want to live in.

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  11. “He leaves behind a legacy of
    accomplishments, among them the
    transformation of a trouble-ridden,
    ethnically divided city to become a
    country - all in 50 years - where all
    of us have space and a common
    destiny to work towards.”
    Former President,Mr S.R.Nathan

    this tribute was well thought out, and really captures what MR Lee Kuan Yew did for singapore and the things that not everybody can do. It is amazing that he could forsee such a great future in a singapore which was badly run down and to actually change singapore so quickly shows how good Mr Lee Kuan Yew was of a prime minister. i am very grateful for him and the sacrifices that he made just so that we singaporeans have a much better future.

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  12. "The things you have done for us are beyond words. But you will never really leave us. because you will always be in our minds when we see our Singapore flag soaring high up in the sky" - Student from ITE, Roy Tan.

    This tribute is meaningful to me as I feel that it shows the pride that is within him and is to be modelled after. The Singapore flag is a symbol of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's work. He is the father of the nation. Many world leaders will see Singapore as the work of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the work of an extraordinary man who cannot be replaced.

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  13. Fyodor Lee:
    President Barack Obama had sent his condolences to Lee Kuan Yew: He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one of the great strategists of Asian affairs.

    I feel that this message sent by Barack Obama is one where he expresses how he felt about Lee Kuan Yew. Barack Obama saw him as Singapore's leader and he felt that Lee Kuan Yew had a lot of power. As he says, Lee Kuan Yew is the builder of Singapore and will truly be remembered for generations to come.

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  14. “He made me a proud Singaporean” Mr Goh Chok Tong

    I think Mr Goh Chok Ting was the tribute that was the most meaningful to me. Even though he had a short sentence. I felt that the sentence he said
    this quote meant that Mr Lee Kuan Yew had made Singapore into a country that we can be proud of and since I resonate this. As he had made a small country that had no chance against other country into the clean and green city it is now. As I was not around when he led the country to independence or when major event happen in Singapore I could not witness myself firsthand and I only watched him from TV or other devices. However after looking at Singapore and knowing that he was responsible for the change in Singapore, I realised that I was proud of being a Singaporean. As we are on par of some of the most developed countries in the world. So I therefore fill that Mr Lee Kuan Yew has made me into a proud Singaporean.

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  15. “Lady Thatcher once said that there was no Prime Minister she admired more than Mr Lee for the strength of his convictions, the clarity of his views, the directness of his speech and his vision of the way ahead.”

    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    Mr David Cameron

    This tribute resounds with me as two people that I truly respect and admire are commemorating Mr Lee. The two people mentioned are: Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron. They have both served as the Prime Minister of the United States and Lady Thatcher was famous enough to be even named 'Iron Lady' Lady Thatcher was most famous for being a strong willed woman and for her to admire Mr Lee must mean that the strength of his will is unmatched by many. I think what made Singapore what it is today is the strong will of Mr Lee. His clarity and directness of speech cannot be matched by many. We really ought to thank Mr Lee for all the hard work and efforts that he has placed into the building of this country as if not for him, we might not be living in comfort as we are now.

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  16. "He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs."
    -President Barack Obama

    I feel that Mr Lee Kuan Yew really made a huge impact internationally and not just in Singapore. He was a great leader and cared about how he could make this small dot in the globe, one of the best country in the world. As President Obama stated in his tribute, Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a great public servant and a remarkable leader.

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  17. "As a leader and a great statesman who loved his people, he was also one of the most influential politicians in Asia. Under his leadership, Singapore successfully transformed into a major economic hub in Asia, putting it on par with other developed nations." -President of Indonesia, Mr Joko Widodo.

    Mr Lee dedicated his life to building Singapore into the country it is today. Without his leadership, we would not be where we are, having all the luxuries that we sometimes take for granted. Our clean air, environment, a government that is not corrupted, and may more things are the fruits of his labour He has successfully managed to build up a country with his hard work, from that of a developing one to a first class city that we can be proud of. I did not experienced the time where Mr Lee changed the country, and was born into the world that he has and continued to improve. I am fortunate enough to not have to go through those hard times, and that is all thanks to Mr Lee.

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  18. “It symbolises Mr Lee’s unwavering dedication to Singapore so well. The diverse contents it held tell us much about the breadth of Mr Lee’s concerns – from the very big to the very small; the daily routine of the red box tells us how Mr Lee’s life revolved around making Singapore better.” -Minister of Education, Heng Swee Keat

    I find this text meaningful as it uses a symbol of Mr Lee's pride in Singapore and uses it to show precisely just how dedicated Mr Lee was to making Pingapore a better place for its citizens to live in. His dedication was what allowed us to be where we are today, living the life that he had helped forge for us. His hard work was one of the reasons that our living standards are much higher than most of the world.

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  19. Mr Lee's Red Box
    "It symbolises Mr Lee's unwavering dedication to Singapore so well. The diverse contents it held tell us much about the breadth of Mr Lee's concerns - from the very big to the very small; the daily routine of the red box tells us how Mr Lee's life revolved around making Singapore better."
    - Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat

    As Mr Heng recounted, Mr Lee would put his documents and notes into this red box and it would then be transported to the Instana for his team to assist him.
    The red box consisted of a wide range of items. It could be communications with foreign leaders, observations about the financial crisis, instructions for the Istana grounds staff, or even questions about some trees he had seen on the expressway. Mr Lee was well-known for keeping extremely alert to everything he saw and heard around him – when he noticed something wrong, like an ailing raintree, a note in the red box would follow. The red box always included how events would affect Singapore and her people, and how the better the lives of Singaporeans.
    Even when he was lying in the hospital, he would open the red box and carry on working. Others of his age would be resting, but he would ask to be alone and carry on with his work.
    He often slept in the wee hours of the morning, and would carry on working through the night.
    Before he went to bed, Mr Lee would put everything he had completed back in the red box, with clear pointers on what he wished for his team to do in the office. The last thing he did each day was to place the red box outside his study room. The next morning, the duty security team picked up the red box, brought it to his team waiting in the office, and a new day would begin.
    When Mrs Lee passed away, Mr Lee went for a walk at the Singapore River and noticed trash in the water. He added a note in the red box about that.
    Mr Lee's used the red box for many years, until 4 February, the day before he left for the hospital. This truly shows his dedication and his huge contributions to Singapore, when ill he would still be working.
    Thank you Mr Lee!

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  20. “He is a dedicated public servant and a well-respected leader. The success of Singapore is but a testament to his decades of remarkable public service”.~President Aquino, President of the Philippines. I think that this well said sentence speaks a thousand words, behind this simple sentence was the entire life of Singapore LKY groomed up to be now

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  21. (Zhu Zhan Yan)

    "He leaves behind a lagacy of achievements,among them the transformation of at trouble-ridden,ethnically divided city to become a country-all in 50 years -where all of us have space and a common destiny to work towards"


    I feel this message impacted us the most as Mr Lee had spent his adult life building Singapore when in fact he could earn money by being a lawyer educated in Britain.However as in this message says that he abandoned his life building Singapore and we can see that from the fact the Mr Lee in a short 50 years from a small city to where we can tribe and live in.

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  22. Tribute to LKY by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi

    " A far-sighted statesman and a lion among leaders, Mr Lee Kuan Yew's life teaches valuable lessons to everyone."





    (christopher) I feel that his choice of words " a lion among leaders" struck me the most as it refers to Mr Lee as a powerful and strong leader. He describes Mr Lee as a Mr Lee was a very competitive leader who helped us in many ways and formed many harmonious relations with other countries. He also stated that Mr Lee's life teaches valuable lessons to everyone,what Mr Lee taught me was to never give up and turning adversaries into opportunities. As a person living in the country he built, i am genuinely grateful for his hard work and perseverance. Mr Lee has served the country non-stop even at an old age, I hope that he can finally rest in peace.

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  23. Mr Joko Widodo
    President Of Indonesia



    This tribute said by Mr Joko Widodo, President Of Indonesia.

    I feel that his tribute has captured the success and the determination of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, that he transformed Singapore into what it is today; a major economic hub in asia.

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