” Mr Lee Kuan Yew , Singapore’s founding father , has died at the age of 91.”
Quoted from the Straitstimes , and yes the inevitable has happened. As a young adult of 18 years , I have never seen Singapore grew from a slump to an economic hub or much rather a city. People said he ruled with an iron fist and to the extent some people opposed his way of ruling. I agree it may be a little stringent BUT would you rather have a soft hearted leader who gave in to all the citizens wishes or a capable leader who stands firm with his decisions and made choices that are advantageous to the country? At the end of the day we all want peace and a roof over our head and I am sure we will choose the second option. Having said that , through all my years of education be it in social studies , Mr Lee Kuan Yew has played a formidable role in everything. I respect him greatly and his foresight for Singapore. Nowadays I see the younger generation taking things for granted , for instant , the education that we have , the houses that we lived in , water and even electricity. Personally , I have classmates that complained how difficult it is to study in Singapore or how it is a chore to read. Yet again , have they ever reflect and come to terms that they are indeed privilege enough to afford education regardless of race , language and religion. Other countries are struggling with their education system and even with the recent news of how the parents of students in India helped them cheat during their exams and we all know that policies or rules have to be implemented to avoid loopholes like this. However , observing the younger generation of Singapore sending their condolences and writing tributes on how Mr Lee helped to achieve greater heights for Singapore really warm my heart.
Mr Lee speeches were all spoken with great power and much sincerity. Often I would google quotes said by him and read them with my upmost understanding and respect. I admire every single bit of him from his love to Mrs Lee and his dedication to Singapore. Below are his famous / my favourite quotes by him.
“Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle-dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no way you can govern a Chinese society.”
– Lee Kuan Yew, The Man and His Ideas, 1997 (credit http://leewatch.info/quotes/)
“Without her, I would be a different man, with a different life… I should find solace in her 89 years of a life well lived. But at this moment of the final parting, my heart is heavy with sorrow and grief.” (credit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/singapore/11489177/Lee-Kuan-Yew-his-most-memorable-quotes.html)
“Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me to the grave and I feel that something is going wrong, I will get up.” ( credit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/singapore/11489177/Lee-Kuan-Yew-his-most-memorable-quotes.html)
“The regret is there’s such a narrow base to build this enormous edifice, so I’ve got to tell the next generation, please do not take for granted what’s been built.” (credit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31582842)
“The final verdict will not be in the obituaries. The final verdict will be when the PhD students dig out the archives, read my old papers, assess what my enemies have said, sift the evidence and seek the truth.
I’m not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honourable purpose.” (credit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31582842)
Chewing gum ban
Interview with BBC reporter, June 2000
“If you can’t think because you can’t chew, try a banana.” (credit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31582842)
“I always tried to be correct , not politically correct.” (credit from various sites)
As you can see from all these quotes , some were rather direct while others have a hidden meaning that needed some analysing. First and foremost whether you disagree or like it or not , without great and respectable leadership , you cannot lead a country through tough times and expect people to be your followers. Without prominent morals and values , a leader will be vulnerable to bribery and corruption. WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN. MR LEE DID ALL HE COULD TO MAKE SINGAPORE A SAFE COUNTRY . THANK YOU MR LEE KUAN YEW. NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS HOW SAD AND SHAKENED I WAS WHEN I RECEIVED THE NEWS. NO OTHER MAN OR LEADER CAN EVER REPLACED YOU. I SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR GREATNESS AND DEDICATION TO SINGAPORE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND REST ASSURED SINGAPORE WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS. GOODBYE MY NATION’S GRANDFATHER.