Monday 23 March 2015

A farewell to the founding father of Singapore

Singapore woke up to the  news that Singapore's first Prime Minister and founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) this morning (March 23) at 3.18am, at the age of 91.

The Prime Minister has declared a period of National Mourning from 23 March (Monday) to 29 March (Sunday).

There have been a lot of quotes from his speeches on the Internet at the moment, and the following quotes stood out:

“I learned to give not because I have much, but because I know exactly how it feels to have nothing.”

“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.”

“I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters—who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”

“You lose nothing by being polite. The answer is ‘No’, but please say it politely and give the reasons… Explain to me why ‘No’. Don’t change ‘No’ to ‘Yes’. Don’t be a fool. If there was a good reason why it is ‘No’, it must remain ‘No’, but the man must be told politely.”

Photo Credit: Remembering Lee Kuan Yew Facebook page

The public can express their condolences and share their memories of the late Mr Lee at the official website,

The public can call the 24-hour hotline at 6336 1166 with queries, or visit and for more details.

The Straits Times have also set up a website dedicated to the memory of Lee Kuan Yew, and includes facts, figures and more quotes from a great man.

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