Tribute for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew (1923 – 2015), the founding father of Singapore.
We woke up today in sombre mood after hearing a sad news from our neighbouring country, Singapore of which we are very close to. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, whom was Singapore’s first Prime Minister passed away today at 3.18 am (midnight). He was 91 years old.
Eventhough I didn’t learn much of him from our history education, but I knew he was a great man, for he had built Singapore to what it is now. I admired his effort and determination in achieving things that would be impossible to many others. Let us see Singapore now. Excellent and a beautiful country. Despite it is only a very small country in an island, but it is now one of the world’s most developed nations and a strong country in global economy. And all that started from Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s administration since 1950s.
As the co-founder and first Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP), a political party in the island republic, he led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990, and oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965 and its subsequent transformation from a relatively underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a “First World” Asian Tiger. He became the country’s first Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. He held the post for over three decades. After he retired as PM, he subsequently became Senior Minister (1990 to 2004) and Minister Mentor (2004 – 2011) to contribute his valuable advice to the government for the betterment of the nation and its people.
He was no doubt one of the most influential political figures in Asia. He was a giant. A visionary leader. Asia’s Mentor. Architect of modern Singapore. The news of his death today made headlines everywhere across the world and had many national leaders paying respect and tribute to this great man. His legacy didn’t ends, as it continues to his son, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, whom is the current Prime Minister of the country.
‘I wouldn’t say everything Mr. Lee Kuan Yew said and done were the right ones. But he does provide a blueprint on how Malaysia should be governed and also offered a glimpse to Malaysians of our country’s potential if governed properly. Rest in Peace to the great Singapore founding father.’
That’s a quote from one of my Facebook friends this morning that I find good enough to explain my feeling right now too. Malaysian government should really learn from him (but in reality, they never do). This is a sad day for Singapore to witness the demise of the nation’s founding father and the ‘architect’ of modern Singapore. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Eventhough he was sometimes controversial, but he certainly made Singaporeans proud. You and your legacy will never be forgotten as long as Singapore is still here, thriving and prospering.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)