Dear Mr Lee Kuan Yew,
Me and my family was deeply saddened when we hear about the news on Monday of you passing away. We offer our deepest condolences to Mr Lee’s family as losing a family member is never easy. 50 years ago you have cried for our country and all of us, now we will mourn and cry for you as we have lost one of the best leader of Singapore. We have always been thankful that we lived in Singapore as it has been a safe and clean country and it is all thanks to you that our country has been in this way.
Many thanks to Mr Lee for giving all of your entire life into building Singapore up from a 3rd world country which was a village to a 1st world country which is now a Metropolis City. It is because of your all your blood, sweat and tears that everyone in Singapore gets to live a enjoyable life with all the necessities required.
Singapore is a miracle that you have created. You have created a place whereby many of us can live peacefully. Thanks to your leadership and all of your efforts that all of this is possible for all of us. I am sure that every Singaporeans will be very proud for having Singapore as their home and having you as our founding father of our home. Even though Singapore does not have any natural resources to build up, we have one good leader that lead us and stand up for our country and this is even better than having those natural resources.
Many new generations will not know how much sacrifices you have made to build this country to where it is now. One of the world wealthiest and most developed countries. They also wont know what is it like to live in a 3rd world country and the sufferings. Many of us take things for granted and only express our thoughts when it is too late. But Mr Lee, thanks to you that the new generations won’t have to go through those sufferings.
No words can ever express our gratitude to you for everything that you have given up for our country and for all fellow Singaporeans. We are blessed to live in Singapore, the fruits of your labour. Your legacy will be carried on by all Singaporeans and the memory of you will continue to live and be respected in our hearts. Let Singapore be all Singaporeans burden from now on and we will shoulder it and continue to bring the country to greater heights. May you rest in peace and God bless you.
With Love and Gratitude,
Lee Toh Sin
Ong Geok Kuan
Don Lee Yi Quan
Derek Lee Yi Jie
Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, it is with a great sense of gratitude that I paid my final respects to you in the wee hours of 26 March 2015.
The beauty, orderliness and cleanliness of modern Singapore owe their beginnings to you and the capable team that you assembled in our early years.
Empowered with vision, you saw the potential of modern Singapore and worked tirelessly towards building a nation that we are now proud to call our own.
Your strength as a leader has not gone unnoticed by our neighbours or the international community. It was this strength that galvanised a people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. It is this strength that won you the respect of your people and those around you.
Leadership is, indeed, no easy task. Despite much opposition, you made difficult decisions, many of which you believed were for the good of our island nation. Many of these decisions turned out to be the correct ones. Of course, being as human as the rest of us, there is no doubt that mistakes were made. Some policies were unpopular and some actions were controversial. Nevertheless, it is my belief that these were outcomes that were already weighed and discussed. It is inconceivable that a man blessed with such foresight would not imagine the results of his words, actions and decisions.
Mr. Lee, I believe that you did the best you could with what you had and I am immensely appreciative that we had a leader who was as courageous as you even in the toughest of times. Thank you, Sir, for trailblazing us to where we are today.
Though I have not known you in person, I know that your heart and soul were devoted to the rise of modern Singapore. Though I have not seen you in person, I see the vision you had all those years ago in the fruit of your labour all around me. Though I have not heard you speak in person, I have witnessed the gravitas and power of the words that you have spoken.
In your passing, we are deeply grieved at the loss of one of our great founding fathers. Thank you, Mr. Lee, for all that you have done for us. You have served this nation with your life – a life that will be forever inscribed in the annals of history, never replaced, never forgotten.
I was born in the 60s when you made Prime Minister. My family and I lived in a kampong in Poh Huat Road, off Upper Serangoon Road. As kids growing up, we felt the impact of every policy you made such as Speak Mandarin Campaign, Housing Policy, 2 is enough, etc.. We cared less about the impact of your policies because we were more interested in flying kites, catching birds and fishing in the ponds. Sometimes, we would listen to the adults as they gather to talk about your plans for our neighbourhood and the country. My grandfather was a civil servant then and he would leak some information about the Government plan. As kids, we sat there listening and watching the reaction of the elders. Some were angry especially with regards to the land acquisition act. Some were elated to hear that they could finally have a proper home to live in. As you can imagine, kampong houses back then were made of attap and zinc roofs, wooden beams and walls (infested with termites) and erratic electricity supply (especially during rainy days when the overhead power cables would snap because a branch fell on it).
Today, as I look around me, I understand why you had to do what you need to do. I see the fruits of your labour. Some of your policies were hard to stomach but we trusted you and you delivered. For that, we will forever be grateful. You have done your job and you paid for it with your life. Nobody will ever come close to achieving what you have done. Nobody can ever emulate you. Whenever I see videos and pictures of you, one word comes into my mind; style. That’s right, style. The way you carried yourself, interact with higher dignitaries, communicate with people from all walks of life, understanding their needs and passion, being firm and even ferocious when needed, sympathetic and caring to those around you and jovial at the right time are qualities which resonates with me.
As an ex-Naval Officer, you were also my Commander-in-Chief. If you had shouted ‘charge’, you can be sure a thousand sailors will set sail and defend this country with our lives. This is our home which you have built for us and anybody who tries to take it away from us will feel the might of our guns and missiles. This country is truly worth fighting for.
As you proceed to your final resting place, I want you to know that your ship is in good hands. The Command team has proven themselves and the morale of the crew is high. There will be some slackers but don’t worry, we will sort them out! Bon Voyage Sir Lee Kuan Yew, you were the best Commander any officer can work for. Pipe the still……