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On 23 March 2015, Singapore lost a great man who decided the fate of our nation. President Obama once called him a “true giant of history” and he has transformed the life of Singaporeans immensely. Today, I would like to take a moment to mourn about the passing of Singapore’s loving founding father Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. On 9 August 1965, Singapore gained independence after separating from Malaysia. This was a moment of anguish and sadness but Minister Mentor Lee Kuan was not ready to give up on Singapore. In his relentless effort to transform Singapore, he has shed tears and spent sleepless nights pondering about the greater good of our nation. Running as a minister, he performed a stellar job. Within a short span of almost 50 years, the country build up a great defence force as well as a vibrant economy. This has led to creation of jobs, great infrastructure and an impeccable education system. His valiant efforts were well paid off and Singapore is now a first class oasis.
Asides from being a great politician, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew gave me an impression that he was also very romantic. Although I am not in a position to comment on his personal life, I could tell that the love for his late wife, Madam Kwa Geok Choo was unconditional.Also,I have always admired his intellect and perseverance. As a child, he grew up facing hard times, but has never given up.
It is with deep regrets that he will not be able to join us during our 50th national day. However, I am sure that he is pleased to have witnessed the progression of Singapore from a third world country to a first world country. It is with much gratitude to him and the cabinet that Singapore now enjoys multi- ethnicity, peace and stability.
Today, also marks the last day where the public can visit Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's lying in state at Parliament House. He truly deserves tremendous recognition and respect for making Singapore what it is today and I would like to express my many thanks to him.
If you would like to know more about Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew and his contributions please visit remembering lee kuan yew . Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew will always have a place in my heart and his contributions will forever be etched in my mind.