Former Singapore President SR Nathan passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital yesterday (22 August 2016) evening, aged 92.
The Late Mr Nathan like others of his pioneer generation worked hard to build up the Singapore we now have, including setting up the Labour Research Unit in 1962.
Numerous tributes began pouring in from people of all walks of life for “a giant of our times”, speaking about the many ways he has contributed to Singapore.
As Singapore’s longest-serving elected President from 1999 to 2011.
President Tony Tan
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
As a passionate advocate for Inter-Religious efforts
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan
As a champion for workers’ rights and a man credited for starting the Labour Research Unit
Minister for Manpower, Lim Swee Say
NTUC Secretary-General, Chan Chun Sing
NTUC Director for Legal Services and PME Unit, Patrick Tay
NTUC Director for U Care Centre, Zainal Sapari
Singapore’s opposition parties paid their tributes too.
The Workers’ Party
The National Solidarity Party
Even our recent gold Olympian Joseph Schooling, who visited Mr Nathan in the hospital, posted a tribute on his Facebook profile.
“I am humbled by this new honour to be the Sixth President of the Republic… This is a duty I am ready to undertake. I promise to give of my best, the very best I can, and without fear or favour… All I can say is that I will be a President for all Singaporeans. Every community of Singaporeans will be my parish.”
– Former President SR Nathan speaking at his Swearing-In Ceremony on 1 September 1999.