Tribute To Lee Kuan Yew


Last edited on 31 Mar 2015
Founder: Mr Lee Kuan Yew



The most successful startup emerged in 1965. There and then in the newly founded Singapore, we had virtually no natural resources, a weak economy and a new government. A city-state like ours post separation was unprecedented. There were many problems at hand for Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his team. Just like Sir Stamford Raffles who sailed on uncharted waters to find Singapura, Mr Lee Kuan Yew had to embark on a journey that no other has done before, with a new set of rules, his passion, conviction and gut.

And the innovative solution he came up with was Singapore.

It is undeniable that many of his policies were unpopular and voices of dissent can still be heard till this day. His iron fist control of the press, his views on housing, childbirth, conscription… the list can go on. But one thing remains clear: without his innovative method of governance, Singapore would not have reached its level of economic growth and prosperity today.

As a startup, we cannot aspire to achieve all our goals all at the same time. Anyone who aims to do that does not have ambition, he has delusion. It is often carried out in steps, a goal at a time, prioritising whichever ensures the survival of the company. What is more important is his vision, passion and courage to do what he believes in.

It took 50 years and his life to build what we have now. And as his legacy lives with us, we have to express our gratitude for what he has done for us, his sacrifices, and his love for the place where we all call home. For without Mr Lee Kuan Yew there won’t be Singapore, and without Singapore there won’t be home.

As Singapore progresses and priorities change with time, so will governance. As with any startups, the work is never done. It is always an ongoing process to seek for more progress. But wherever we may end up, we will still remember what our Founder aspired to do and what he stood for.

Rest In Peace Mr Lee Kuan Yew

“And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn't be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters - who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”

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