01 August 2014 15:00 | By Ng Jia Yi
Looking at Lee Kuan Yew’s life through art

Even after his retirement from politics in 2011, former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew continues to touch lives today

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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.