Lee Kuan Yew’s death – passing of an era

Lee Kuan Yew’s death on Monday at the age of 91 marks the passing of an era.

The tributes from world leaders in the past few days is testimony of the mark he had made not only in Singapore, ASEAN, Asia but in world politics in his transformation of Singapore in three decades from a backwater British colony into a first world country, or in World Bank statistics on GDP per capita PPP, into the fourth wealthiest nation in the world, after Macao, Qatar and Luxembourg.

Under Kuan Yew leadership, Singapore had punched above its weight in the international area in many areas of human endeavour.

This is something Malaysians should ponder long and hard, as to why we are losing out in the international stakes, as we are not only unable to punch above our weight in international affairs on many fronts, but even punching below our weight.

Singapore is set on many new challenges in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era, not least of which is how Singapore can continue to punch above its weight in many areas of human endeavour, but can also lead the way in upholding human rights and democratic freedoms.

(Media Statement after signing the condolence book on the passing of Lee Kuan Yew in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 25th March 2015)

  1. #1 by Noble House on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 11:52 am

    I speak as a proud parent for my son was a product of your country’s education system that relate to his success today as a professional and for which I am most grateful for the opportunity.

    Rest in peace, Harry. Singapore is in good hands and never better today – all due to your impeccable leadership. I salute you, Sir!

  2. #2 by good coolie on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 11:56 am

    Any one who can stop Asian people cursing and spitting in public deserves respect. How come corruption is practically eradicated in Singapore but rampant in Malaysia?
    But Ah! Perhaps Singaporeans can now taste the sweet juice of bubble gum, and blow bubbles mighty fine. Perhaps Nanny would allow us to chew gum, please Nanny?

    He was rightly regarded as an Elder Statesman, a person one should emulate.

  3. #3 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 2:29 pm


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