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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

"I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There's nothing more I need to do.
At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life."

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Mr Lee's final gift: One united people
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MPs laud the man who cared

Dr Ng Eng Hen said Mr Lee never had the time for the question of how history would judge him. Once, he replied: "I'll be dead by then."

"Mr Lee, we would like to tell you that Singaporeans have decided," said Dr Ng. "Thousands upon thousands have lined the streets. They queued for hours under the hot sun to pay their respects here. They did so spontaneously (in) an outpouring of gratitude and admiration for what you have done for their lives." He added: "They have pronounced the final judgment on your life's work. It is a great work that has surpassed all expectations. It is called Singapore, and filled with Singaporeans who love and revere you."

'Build on his legacy' 
"Some say that he was ruthless, unforgiving, unrelenting. But the children of his political foes had rights and opportunities like any other children. They were able to enter professions, able to become lawyers, doctors, public servants - because, this is Singapore.

 Did he do well for Singapore? Look around us. We can say what we will, history shall be the judge. 

History will judge those who act, and history will judge those who only speak. As for me, I am convinced that if I were born in Singapore in an earlier era, or if I were born in a similar era but in another Asian country, I would not, being a girl with a disability coming from a poor family with no connections, I would not have been able to go to school, enter a profession and serve the community today. 

Shortly after he took office, he said he had the lives of a few million people to account for. He said Singapore would survive. By any measure, Singapore has more than survived. Today, we are a reckoned player in the international scene. 

Today, our lives have improved, and Singaporeans have a strong foundation upon which to work hard, to make life better for ourselves and our children. 

He has completed his sojourn with us. But his journey, and the journey that he and our forefathers began, has not ended. That journey will continue. This is our Singapore. And we will build it, and we will protect it." - 

Nominated MP Chia Yong Yong, a wheelchair-user, on how people here can do well, regardless of their background

Lee Kuan Yew: Legacy in numbers
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A lion among leaders: Tributes from global leaders
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In his own words: Lee Kuan Yew never shied away from saying exactly what he thought
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A lasting legacy: Key socio-economic policies Lee Kuan Yew launched or oversaw
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The Singapore that Lee Kuan Yew built
The Singapore that Lee Kuan Yew built

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How to download the e-book for free: Go to Apple App store on your iPad or Google Play Store on your Android tablet or smartphone Type “The Straits Times Star” to search for The Straits Times Star E-books app Download it onto your iPad or Android device Go to "browsing" You will find Lee Kuan Yew: The Final Journey and Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas inside The app is designed to work on iPad devices running iOS 6 and above. It is best viewed on tablets. Because of its size, you might want to download it using a wifi connection

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