Even after his retirement from politics in 2011, former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew continues to touch lives today
Photos: Lawrence Koh
Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew is one of the most famous figures in Singapore’s history – and an inspiration for many.
As the Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party, he aided a war-torn Singapore in establishing independence from British colonial rule, and turned our little island into a prospering city state.
The longest serving prime minster in world history – he was Singapore’s Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990 – Mr Lee retired from the Cabinet in 2011.
That same year, a book detailing the senior politician’s thoughts about his life as well as hot-button issues, Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, was published. His frank and unvarnished answers were extremely popular amongst readers and a few particularly thoughtful quotes made the rounds on the Internet – continuing to inspire people even though the man himself has retreated from the limelight.
As National Day approaches, we take a look at how Mr Lee’s life has influenced one man, and how that man now works to spread his historic tales to a new generation.
Pictured: (from left) Lawrence Koh's wife Elina Ng Bee Hwee, Lee Kuan Yew, and Lawrence Koh.