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Tributes, condolences continue to pour in for Lee Kuan Yew
MEMBERS of the business community, political figures and other institutions, both in Singapore and elsewhere, continued to mourn Lee Kuan Yew on Tuesday, following his death on Monday.
Here are their messages:
Over numerous visits to Singapore I got to know him and admire his judgement and unrivalled insight. Of course, he was also a vacuum cleaner when it came to hoovering up every piece of information from others...The people of Singapore have so much to thank him and bless him for. So do we all.
- Peter Mandelson, life peer, House of Lords
I had the honour of being acquainted with Lee Kuan Yew over the last 15 years...Lee Kuan Yew was one of the greatest men in the world and a real symbol of the fact that for a great leader nothing is impossible. He left an amazing legacy for us all. He was a real friend of Russia and did much for our country.
- Herman Gref, president and chairman of the board of Sberbank of Russia
Mr Lee, an honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College, was also the founding president of CUMSA...Post-independence, Mr Lee sought to make Singapore internationally relevant and recognised. By focusing on national defence, law, and diplomacy, he attracted global investments in strategic sectors, to which Singapore’s progress and prosperity today can be attributed.
- The CUMSA (Cambridge University Malaysia and Singapore Association) Committee 15/16
Harry Lee was an extraordinary human being. I have always considered him one of the wisest and most intelligent people I have ever known...I often traveled to Singapore and, with all due respect to the appeal of the city, the real reason was to see Harry Lee.
- George P. Shultz, distinguished fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and former US Secretary of State
By the time I served Mr Lee, he was the Senior Minister. Yet he continued to devote all his time to thinking about the future of Singapore. I could only imagine what he was like as Prime Minister. In policy and strategy terms, he was always driving himself, me, and all our colleagues to think about what each trend and development meant for Singapore, and how we should respond to it in order to secure Singapore’s wellbeing and success.
- Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education
Our founding PM Lee Kuan Yew loved nature and visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens whenever he could. My colleagues in NParks enjoyed taking him around in the buggy. They have a great deal of respect and affection for Mr Lee. Deep in our hearts, we know who the Chief Gardener of Singapore’s Garden City was.
- Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development
I have always admired his unwavering conviction and his ability to make the tough decisions necessary since Singapore first obtained its independence. We needed a courageous man with sheer determination, vision and intelligence to be able to take the course he charted for his fellow Singaporeans.
- Choe Peng Sum, CEO, Frasers Hospitality
After he graduated from the University of Cambridge he was admitted to the English Bar in 1950. Mr Lee returned home and became Legal Advisor to the Postal Union. Mr Lee succeeded in obtaining better pay and conditions for the postal workers. SingPost owes a special debt to Mr Lee in forging a strong labour relationship since then...We at SingPost honour the memory of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
- SingPost board of directors, management and staff
Mr Lee Kuan Yew dedicated his life to creating a favourable business environment to attract sustained investments which enabled businesses to prosper and workers to have good jobs and a higher standard of living. After he stepped down as Prime Minister, he opened doors through his connections and the Singapore Inc branding for local enterprises to venture abroad into China, India and many other emerging economies.
- Robert Yap, president, Singapore National Employers Federation
He forged reforms and introduced policies that improved our economy, transformed our nation and gave us hope of a better life. He gained our complete trust with his personal motto that the PAP government would never forget that "it is in the interest of workers and their unions that we must strive for growth and development".
- Diana Chia, president, and Lim Swee Say, secretary-general, NTUC
Mr Lee has been an inspirational figure for Singapore, and widely recognised as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He has championed greater liberalisation of the aviation industry - opening up the skies to create greater accessibility to air travel. Singapore largely owes its status as one of the world's most important aviation hubs to Mr Lee's vision. As an airline with close ties to Asia, the Qantas Group has benefited greatly from this vision; he welcomed investment and forged closer ties with Australia.
- Qantas Group
Dear Singapore Gunners, we are deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Lee Kuan Yew. On behalf of Arsenal Football Club, I would like to send our respect and heartfelt sympathies to you during this difficult time for Singapore.
- Mark Brindle, supporter liaison officer, Arsenal Football Club
Today, the world has lost a visionary statesman, a founding father and a friend. He was the architect of modern Singapore, and the country has flourished under his stewardship and earned its reputation on the global stage as an economic powerhouse. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the people of Singapore on the loss of this giant and extraordinary human being.
- Francis Yeoh, managing director, YTL Corporation
Even as all Singaporeans weigh the profound loss of Mr Lee's passing, the impact he has made on modern Singapore is enduring and will continue to inspire many. This is testimony to his visionary leadership, his moral courage and strength of his convictions. As we mark Singapore's 50th birthday as an independent state this year, it will be especially painful and poignant that Mr Lee will not attend this year's National Day celebrations.
- Chan Heng Chee, chairman, National Arts Council
His courage in overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds especially in our early years of nation building is an example for all to follow as we tackle the challenges ahead. As the founding father of modern Singapore and a true visionary, Mr Lee's presence will be dearly missed.
- Singapore Manufacturing Federation
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