Honourable mentions of a man… Honourable mentions of a man…
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A little part of history…Part 1 A little part of history…Part 1
A love-hate relationship with the man… A love-hate relationship with the man…

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Honourable mentions of a man…
Singapore Today

Honourable mentions of a man…

As Singaporeans continue to mourn the loss of our Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, we go on the streets and online to find out what people have got to say about the great man… Many things have been said about the man…but here are some honourable mentions: “Without Mr Lee, we wouldn’t have a Singapore that is as modernized and advanced as it is today. We owe a lot to Mr Lee. Even in his old age, he was still contributing to Singapore, which is something admirable.” – Jimmy […]

your letters
Observations

Your letters: Dissent is disappointed

This letter has been submitted by William Han, 42 – who spent a few hours with the queues yesterday. Dear The Real Singapore, You must be disappointed. Have you been reading up on news regarding the passing of the great man? Have you seen the number of Singaporeans queuing up to pay respects to a man whom, according to you is hated by generations? I spent 4 hours queuing yesterday and guess what? No one around me complained. Not about the hot sun. Not about the long wait. Someone said: […]

A little part of history…Part 1
Singapore Today

A little part of history…Part 1

If you take a walk through the NTUC’s heritage gallery at One Marina Boulevard, there lies an almost nondescript watch. At first glance, it is just the usual tarnished old-fashioned gold Rolex watch. But a closer look at the back of the watch reveals an inscription which reads: TO MRS. L.K.Y. FROM S.U.P.T.W 11-4-53 The watch was presented to the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew by the Singapore Union of Postal and Telecommunications Clerical Workers whose case went into arbitration in 1953. Mr Lee successfully represented the postal workers (pictured […]

A love-hate relationship with the man…
Observations / Singapore Today

A love-hate relationship with the man…

The image of him shedding tears on national television decades ago is one that many Singaporeans – and even non-Singaporeans – are familiar with. 50 years after the nation’s independence, many are shedding tears for the man who made it all possible. Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew’s death has virtually taken over the entire nation, and I’m quite confident in saying that to many, it is unthinkable. I grew up with a love-hate relationship with the man. I loved being able to walk out at 3am without fear of getting […]

He made a way for us…
Singapore Today

He made a way for us…

To me the Late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a giant. He was a giant beyond just politics and nation-building. He was the Prime Minister who brought a third-world country to a first-world metropolis of today. But more than that, he went beyond himself to help Singaporeans from all walks of life. He helped residents from his own Tanjong Pagar GRC when he was elected as their Member of Parliament and he also helped workers after joining Laycock & Ong as a young legal assistant. The year was 1950, when […]

A student’s tribute to LKY
Observations

A student’s tribute to LKY

 (This is the house of Mr. Lee, the room where many an important decision was made) I was born after you ceased to be Prime Minister. My first knowledge of you was mostly through social studies class, and even that was rather inadequate. Most of what we learnt was of Singapore’s struggle with independence, not a whole lot about your thoughts, the motivations, the reason for the fight. My first thought was this: who are you? What could be the story of the one before Goh Chok Tong? My parents were fervent supporters of […]

The Original Unionist.
Observations

The Original Unionist.

Everyone knows him as the statesman, but few have associated him with the Labour Movement. The first founding members of the People’s Action Party were trade unionists, and this explains the symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC. This article first appeared on YoungNTUC, reproduced with permission. He began his political life by representing trade unions. He was a young legal assistant at the firm of Laycock & Ong, when he was asked to look after the postmen who went on strike. For two weeks, the union went back […]

Over the hedgerow…
Observations / Singapore Today

Over the hedgerow…

Contributed by anonymous reader. Over the hedgerow, You are the flower that is. Sun shines, water flows, On this island there is peace. We learned about you in school, our leader, our mentor, our shaping tool. You survived the Japanese and made it through the strife, so we can stand tall against the bullies in life. Tears after the Separation, millions witnessed it. Million others tear now, and not just a bit. Decisions were made, like some words had to be said. What is the bigger picture, the greater good, […]

The man we know too well
Observations / Singapore Today

The man we know too well

Stop what you’re doing and take a look around you. Do you see HDB apartments? Are you perhaps working in the CBD? Or riding on the SMRT? Are you having a drink of water? Or playing in the parks with your children? Every single thing that surrounds you, fellow Singaporean, is the living work of a group of leaders. A group of leaders whom had sacrificed personal ambition to nurture Singapore into today’s well manicured, well cared and well designed country, put together from the tattered fabrics left behind by […]

SPH requested to reject tribute advertisements for Mr. Lee
Observations

SPH requested to reject tribute advertisements for Mr. Lee

If you or your organization is thinking about posting up a tribute advertisement for the Lee family, save the time and effort. Singapore Press Holdings has been asked to refuse these ads. The Vice President of Marketing and Digital Divisions was quick to also note that: “Apart from this, it will be business as usual for advertising in SPH newspapers and other platforms” This is not an unprecedented move. In 2010 when Lee Kuan Yew’s wife, Kwa Geok Choo passed away, the family also requested that no obituaries, wreaths or […]