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From delinquent to president: ESM Goh, PM Lee letters recount Nathan's life

Letters to his family tell of the late Mr Nathan as one who overcame circumstances to become a well-loved president

PM Lee's letter to Mrs Nathan: "Mr Nathan's life . . . was a story of perseverance, duty, and a man's indomitable will."


WHEN first asked by then-prime minister Goh Chok Tong to stand as a candidate for president in 1999, SR Nathan broke down, fearing that his delinquent past would stain the sanctity of the highest office of the land.

But, as detailed in separate letters by Mr Goh and Prime