The time has come, the inevitable time that every human being on earth faces. It’s the moment when our time on Earth is up. That is when people looked back in time and asked, what is the legacy that the person has left behind? As Singapore mourn and honour Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the Founding Father of modern Singapore, who passed away on 23th March 2015 at 0318hrs. We all began to learn even more about Singapore’s Founding Father.
I was thinking really hard; there can be so many things/topics to write about Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, what should I be sharing? After a day of pondering and reading various articles, I decided that my personal article post is to pay my utmost respect and gratitude to Mr. Lee, giving thanks for everything that Mr. Lee did for Singapore.
There are different groups of camp that have different types of affection, views and opinions on Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, his style and policies. No matter which camp you are in, that is no denying the facts that
- Lee is the founder and the mastermind behind modern Singapore’s phenomenal transformation and growth
- Lee has the vision to plan ahead for the future of Singapore to ensure leadership renewal and transition to ensure peace and minimum disruptions to Singapore’s growth in the new era
What I have today, what I enjoyed today, the peace, and prosperity and growth opportunities, you also have it too. We are now enjoying the fruits of labour from Mr. Lee’s tremendous hard work, vision, sweat, tears, leadership and ideas that brought Singapore to her stature in the world today. Mr. Lee is a great leader who inspires and rallies great leaders around him to form a team that transformed Singapore from almost nothing, into what a modern prosperous country in the world.
I have the utmost respect and gratitude for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, for everything that he had done for Singapore. I may not agree with all of his policies and ideologies, sometimes it was very strict and very stressful for us. I grew up in an era when failure was frowned upon in studies and work, thus the fear of failure strike a big fear and dislike in some of us (or maybe many of us). However, as we entered adulthood and started working, facing the local and international economies. We finally begin to understand why we need to keep on our toes in the working world, whether we are working in Singapore or overseas countries.
Mr. Lee Kuan Yew legacy goes beyond country and economics, his love for his wife, the late Mdm. Kwa Geok Choo, is very touching and heartwarming. Mr. Lee’s wish is to be reunited with his wife together in the afterlife again. His words and wishes touched many people, including myself. Their love stories, Mdm. Kwa love and support of her husband, are very sweet, caring and loving. They are a great loving and faithful couple, excellent role models for couples. I hope that one day I can find my life partner and be a loving and caring partner to my other half.
While Mr. Lee Kuan Yew passing saddens many of us, let us honour and remember his legacy that he had done for us Singaporeans. It is now up to us the current generation to ensure modern Singapore’s legacy laid by our Founding Father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, is carried on for many generations and beyond, that Singapore continues to prosper and progress to greater heights.
Mr. Lee gave many interesting and inspiring speeches and one of his speeches was from 1988
“Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel that something is going wrong, I will get up. Those who believe that after I have left the government as prime minister, I will go into a permanent retirement really should have their heads examined.”
– Lee Kuan Yew speech during 1988 National Day Rally
Dear Singaporeans, let us continue the legacy laid down by Singapore’s Founding Father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. It is now up to us to shape the future growth and prosperity for Singapore for generations and beyond. We don’t want Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew to get up and start lecturing and whipping us in the correct directions, do we?
Thank you Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, for everything that you done for Singapore! We will remember your legacy and hard work that you have done for Singapore and it’s up to us now, to continue Singapore’s growth and progress in the new century!
Lest We Forget, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew!