The End of An Era

This day has dawned upon us, the day where the beloved founding father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, has passed.

Mr Lee was an extraordinary leader – truly a talent that only comes once in a lifetime. His instinct for nation-building, far-sighted policies was unprecedented. Under his wings, Singapore transformed from a third world country to a first world country in a matter of 30 years. This seemingly impossible feat was accomplished, under this great and wise man’s rule.

I feared for the arrival of this day, for this day signified the end of the feeling of comfort, that Singapore was safe as long as it was still in Lee Kuan Yew’s hands. For the first time, there is a feeling of unease. Singapore can no longer follow past strategies in economic development, social welfare and public policies as Singapore’s position in the world differs greatly from 50 years ago.

One astute quote from Mr Lee: “I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.” It is this stance that sometimes created controversies. But as history witnessed, Mr Lee has been mostly right. From this day on, the government will make mistakes, perhaps much more than before, but hopefully the next generation will live up to a fraction of Mr Lee’s accomplishments.

With my deepest respect, rest in peace Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Time Magazine’s tribute to Mr Lee:


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