International Housing Conference Singapore 2010 - In Conversation with Mr Lee Kuan Yew (MM Lee) on Jan 27, 2010. Photo: Koh Mui Fong

Image used is taken from TODAYOnline. International Housing Conference Singapore 2010 – In Conversation with Mr Lee Kuan Yew (MM Lee) on Jan 27, 2010. Photo: Koh Mui Fong

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

All of us here at LightADream are all saddened to hear about the death of our country’s founding father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. We had hoped that he would at least be able to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday with us come August. We would like to pay our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and all of Singapore. We have grieved for the loss of a great and remarkable leader.

He was and still is a great inspiration to us here at LightADream. Mr. Lee once said, “I have never been overconcerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader. You are just catching the wind … you will go where the wind is blowing. And that’s not what I am in this for.”

Indeed, many may disagree with his policies and his way of handling the country’s affairs, but one thing that cannot be denied is that without his contributions and his iron fist over the country’s affairs, Singapore would not have become what it is today. In the book “The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew”, Mr. Lee was quoted saying, “The task of the leaders must be to provide or create for them a strong framework within which they can learn, work hard, be productive and be rewarded accordingly. And this is not easy to achieve.” We all know that being a leader is not easy, all the more so for a leader of a country.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has fought hard for the country, pouring out his body & soul into building this country. Time magazine wrote in 1991: “What really sets this complex man apart from Asia’s other nation-builders is what he didn’t do: he did not become corrupt, and he did not stay in power too long. Mao, Suharto, Marcos and Ne Win left their countries on the verge of ruin with no obvious successor. Lee left Singapore with a per capita GDP of $14,000, his reputation gilt-edged and an entire tier of second-generation leaders to take over when he stepped down in 1990.” He made sure he left a legacy and in all the things he did, he wanted it to be something that benefitted Singapore.

In his own words, “I 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.” We salute this great man, father and leader, who gave his very best to his family, and his country.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Lee.