The passing of a Legend

Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, died earlier this week and his funeral services were conducted today with attendance from several world leaders.

Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) was the founding father of Singapore and was responsible for taking this nation-state from third-world status to first-world status in less than a generation, and lived to see the fruits of his hard work.

When I came to Singapore in early nineties, he has left the job of Prime Minister and became Senior Minister in Mr Goh Chok Tong’s Cabinet, and continued to be the guiding voice for the new Cabinet. He continued to play a significant role in shaping the policies of Singapore well into his late eighties.

There has been huge coverage of his legacy by both Singapore and world media, and I am not going to repeat some of that here. What is important to know is that without LKY, there would have been no metroplis like today’s Singapore. Neither would Singapore GDP per Capita multiplied over 100 times in less than five decades.

Today, Singapore has much more punch in the global scene than what a small island nation can hope for, and that is mostly due to the contributions of LKY and the exceptional team that he so assiduously built.

Let us remember LKY for what he delivered to Singapore and for the sane advice he gave to many world leaders.

Rest in Peace to LKY.


Vijay Srinivasan

29th March 2015


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