Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

It’s been a while since I last pen down anything here. But as Singapore enters its 5th day of national mourning for the passing of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, also known as the founding father of Singapore, I thought it’s appropriate for me to write something down here as a future reminder of what I feel this whole week.

Where do I even start.

As a Malaysian in Singapore, I was fortunate enough to benefit from the education system in Singapore through NUS, privileged to be able to spend sometime in US and China too through NUS. Shortly after that, started Vulcan and working with a team to build what we think is valuable. It goes without saying that this wouldn’t be possible without Mr Lee Kuan Yew – the high standards of living, the safe streets late at night, the efficient transportation system, world class education system and business environment. It also goes without saying that we are able to build our dreams because of Lee Kuan Yew.

Also learnt a new phrase today thanks to Song Han’s photo caption: 人固有一死,或重於泰山,或輕於鴻毛。

The queue for the public to pay their last respect to LKY snakes as long as 8 – 10 hours, to the point that the crowd do not know where the queue starts:

Image Credit: Straits Times

Image Credit: Straits Times

His impact also extended to a global footprint:


To my future self when you are reading this again, here’s to jog back your memories:

The main reason why LKY made such a huge impact and footprint is simple: he cared. Because he cared, he made the effort to make things happen. Because things happened, people felt safe. So long as he is around, things will be ok.

Same analogy as the saying: “how you make other people feel says a lot about you”.

Lessons from #LKY Source:

  1. Care and things will fall in place.
  2. Sometimes you need to make unpopular decisions to reach your goal.
  3. Love your country, your family, and your other half.
  4. Speak with power.
    • “Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him. Or give it up. This is not a game of cards. This is your life and mine. I’ve spent a whole lifetime building this and as long as I’m in charge, nobody is going to knock it down.”

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew    CandleForLKYRIP Lee Kuan Yew.



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