Monday, March 23, 2015

Paying tribute to our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

This morning I woke to news that I've dreaded to hear. Although one's passing is inevitable, for we are humans and we have to meet death one day.

I have had the privilege to live in a peaceful multi-racial, multi-religion country, in a clean and green state, received education, a city that has an efficient and robust infrastructure (healthcare, transport, finance, telecommunications) and being able to walk on the streets without having to worry about my safety. This last point is what I'd call freedom, free of fear and worry for our own safety.

Singapore was built very much on the backbone of the first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew - his vision and tenacity, and we have been sitting on this giant shoulders of his as long as he lived.

He was a man of courage - in standing up to lead a country, and with firmness that was necessary to gather his team and fellow citizens towards achieving the vision of making Singapore a successful first-world country. 

To our dear founding father of Singapore,
Thank you for setting the foundation and providing us with the Singapore we have today.  I grew up watching you on TV, when there were broadcasts of the rallies that took place in the earlier years and thereafter giving speeches. My family (grandparents and parents) had impressed upon me as a child on the contributions you've made, and I have enjoyed the fruits of your labour and that of your founding team's labour. Now, we'd have to do our part by taking it upon ourselves as Singaporeans to carry on your legacy in making Singapore a better place.

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