I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.
— Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015)
This post is a tribute to the life and times of the visionary leader, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He relinquished his life today at the age of 91.
Known to be the Father of Singapore, he helped build Singapore transform and rise to be amongst the First World. Apparently, though, this year is also Singapore’s 50th celebration of independence; it’s such a sad, sad circumstance that he will miss it.
Today, and certainly for many many years, we’ll always remember, with love and pride, his legendary leadership and contribution to Singapore, to South East Asia and to the rest of the world; and, clearly one that’s truly worth emulating. He is well loved and respected all over the globe—this, to us, is his greatest accomplishment–in his life, and, yes, in history.
His life and his legacy is a gift to us, to Singapore, and to the society in general. Let’s carry on with what the great man has built. As Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his national address, “Let us dedicate ourselves as one people to build on his foundations, strive for his ideals, and keep Singapore exceptional and successful for many years to come.”
Thank you very much for everything you have done for love of country, your dearly beloved Singapore–for showing us how beautiful, how fierce and how strong that love is.
Fly high, Minister Mentor Lee!