Tribute to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew
26th Mar 2015
The company paid its respect to our late founding PM Mr. Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House on 26 Mar 2015. Despite knowing that the queue might take up to 8 hours from the previous day's experience, the turn out by the company staff was overwhelming except for those on essential operational duties. The followings are tributes and reflections penned by the company's leadership and staff.
Our CEO, Mr. William Chua (left) doing his national duty as a volunteer Vigil Guard at parliament house during the late Mr. Lee's lying-in-state (picture-grab from CNA 28 March 2015).
"The Man who started a journey for ALL of us on the road to Peace, Prosperity and Progress of our Nation. Thank You, Sir!" William Chua, Chief Executive Officer
Ryan, COO, at the Padang, leading the company staff towards Parliament House.
"We have lost a great leader. Learn from the man; his vision, determination and perseverance to create what we are today! Thank You Mr. LKY. I believe the best way to commemorate this great leader is to preserve and improve what he have fought for and bring this little red dot to greater heights."
Ryan Foo, Chief Operation Officer
Davi, our Office Manager, just outside Parliament House after hours of queuing under the scorching sun.
"LEE KUAN YEW was many things to Singaporeans: father figure, visionary, social disciplinarian and sage. He was the man who played the decisive role in the creation of Singapore as the people know it today. He inspired us, gave us courage, kept us together and brought us here. He fought for independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won't see another man like him. This is a quote from Mr. Lee that resonated with me over the years: "Over 100 years ago, this was a mudflat, a swamp. Today, this is a modern city. Ten years from now, this will be a metropolis. Never fear!" - His speech on Sept 12, 1965, just a month after Independence."
Davi, Office Manager
Kevin, with our CEO and company staff, waiting sombrely at the Padang holding area.
"Dear Sir (Mr. LKY),
God bless you and thank you for giving us a life worth living for and a home worth dying for. Warmest regards."
Kevin Yue, Head Project Management
"Dear Harry Lee Kuan Yew,
We have lost a GREAT man. Thank you very much for giving your life and for transforming Singapore to what it is TODAY. You are indeed a LEGEND for all time. We SALUTE you."
Benedict Lee Kuan Yew, Consultant
"Dear Mr. Lee Kuan Yew,
Singapore will not be what it is today if not for you. We all owe you more than just accolades and gratitude. We owe you our present lifestyles and more. We have lost a legacy but you will never be forgotten. Your strive for Singapore is done so now rest and be in peace."
"Dear Mr. Lee Kuan Yew,
Thank you so much for your contributions in building up the nation. Together with your team, and the pioneer generation of Singaporeans, you turned this country into a metropolis. From a small red dot on the map, to a thriving city-state well recognised in the world, not only for its governance, but also its transportation system, cleanliness and healthcare systems. You set up systems not only to put a roof above our heads, but also encouraged us to put food on our plates ourselves. Overhauled the education system to ensure that the younger generation have a good education. This are some of the systems that other countries want to learn from Singapore, and its success story. You have put in all of your life to build this country, We salute you. I shall forever remember this quote: "I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There is nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My Life." - Lee Kuan Yew, Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going"
Raymond Koh, Software Engineer
From the bottom of my heart, saddened by your demise, I convey this message to you. You have left an indelible mark on all of us in Singapore, especially all of us Singaporeans. My family and I are grateful for all you have for all Singaporeans. Your prudent way of life is exemplary , we are all still benefitting from your housing projects, push towards better and higher education, the will to strive and excel in all we do, make sure we plant trees for a greener environment and city. The keep Singapore clean behaviour for a cleaner surrounding. We thank you for all your sincere sacrifices for Singapore all these years. All communities and ethnic groups practiced meritocracy and self reliance. From a third world country we are now considered a first world country, all because of your love of our country. May God bring you to heaven and your soul rest in Peace. We Singaporeans love you. God Bless."
Mr. Sathe Thas, Consultant
"Mr. Lee Kuan Yew our first Prime Minister, will be recalled by Singaporeans for his accomplishments. He had contributed tremendously to the improvement of Singapore, and credit is deservingly his for driving a group that had committed their lives to taking Singapore through our teething years. Thanks for what you have given us, and we will always remember you in our hearts."
Ong Tin Kuang, Consultant
"THANK YOU Mr. Lee Kuan Yew for making our dreams come true and a country we can call home. You've made Singapore a pot of GOLD at the end of a rainbow."
Ahin Ralph Richard, Consultant