Tributes pour in

If Mr Lee Kuan Yew was still alive, he would turn 92 on this day (16 Sep).

He passed away on 23 March this year.

Half a year has passed since his demise, but Singaporeans certainly have not forgotten him. We’ll always remember the man for his dedication to Singapore and his steadfastness in love.

Politicians also took to Facebook to pay tribute to Mr Lee:

Alex Yam

Yam, who was part of the team who designed the LKY black ribbon motif, wrote calligraphy in memory of Mr Lee.

Baey Yam Keng

Baey uploaded a photo of him and his wife taken with Mr Lee, along with an article in Chinese his wife penned.

In the article, his wife talked about her encounter with Mr and Mrs Lee. She felt that Mr Lee was not as intimidating as she had initially thought. At the dinner table, the amiable Mr Lee was like a concerned grandfather, encouraging his guests to have at least three children.

Chan Chun Sing

Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) shared an anecdote on Mr Lee’s closing speech at NTUC’s 50th Anniversary dinner in 2011.

Chee Hong Tat

Chee was Principal Private Secretary to Mr Lee from 2008 to 2011. The newly elected Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP shared a photo from Mr Lee’s 91st birthday last year, the last birthday he got to celebrate with Mr Lee.

Christopher de Souza

Christopher de Souza remembered how Mr Lee was like a mentor to him, constantly asking if he was learning while they were on work trips.

Darryl David

Darryl David shared a Straits Times article about the founding father:

Heng Chee How

Heng took the opportunity to offer his thanks:

Heng Swee Keat

Heng was Principal Private Secretary to Mr Lee from 1997 to 2000. On Facebook, he posted a photo of Mr Lee’s 90th birthday and reminisced about it.

We asked Mr Lee what his birthday wish was, and what he said touched me deeply. He told us that his 90th birthday wish was for the Singapore Government to stay clean and honest, for all of us to uphold the highest moral standards.

Intan Mokhtar

Intan Mokhtar shared Heng Swee Keat’s tribute to Mr Lee:

Josephine Teo

Teo recounted her first trip with Mr Lee when she was a rookie MP, and shared about Mr Lee’s dedication to Singapore.

K Shanmugam

Shanmugam talked about how much Singapore has progressed, which would surely make Mr Lee feel proud.


Lawrence Wong

Wong reminded us that Singapore has its Garden City reputation today largely thanks to Mr Lee.


Lily Neo

Neo expressed that she misses Mr Lee, sharing that she used to prepare him a birthday card every year. She also cooked him dinner at her house, which Mr Lee ate heartily.

Lim Wee Kiak

Lim shared a photo of Mr Lee’s photo. Hmm… He could at least have typed something.

Ng Eng Hen

Ng alluded to the recent GE, sharing that he thinks Mr Lee would be in peace, since “Singaporeans voted in wisdom for continuity in stable politics and national progress”.



Ong Ye Kung

Ong said in a matter-of-fact manner that Singapore continues to progress although her founding father has passed on.

Tan Chuan-Jin

Tan expressed regret that Mr Lee was unable to witness Singapore in her Golden Jubilee:


Yaacob Ibrahim

Yaacob Ibrahim talked about Mr Lee’s conviction and for future generations to keep up the good work he had done.



PAP also posted a photo in remembrance of its founder:

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