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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The book’s creation also offered Koh a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Mr Lee in 2004. To this very day, he holds the memory close to his heart.

“I was amazed when my wife and I saw him walking into his office with light glowing over his head,” he gushed, “I thought there was someone holding a studio light behind him, but no one was [there].”

During their meeting, Koh experienced Mr Lee’s meticulousness firsthand, when he was asked to change a picture of the latter holding chopsticks while in Britain, as no one used chopsticks there.

The autograph that Mr Lee gave him that day reads: “Good luck. Try hard. You may succeed.” These seven words have inspired Koh in more ways than one, and judging from the success of his books, is a prophecy come true.

However, Koh has no intentions of becoming a full-time author, despite having a few picture books to his name. To him, teaching is an enjoyment he is not willing to give up.

“[It’s] still my dream to see my students fly higher than me,” he confessed.