9. Happy 53rd National Day – I Miss Him

by Patrick Liew on August 27, 2018

9. Happy 53rd National Day – I Miss Him

This year’s National Day Parade will be the fourth year that we will not be seeing Mr Lee Kuan Yew, one of our founding fathers.
I miss him.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, one of Singapore’s founding father left us on 23 March 2015. I still miss him.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew went into the gladiator’s arena to fight not for his life but for his country.

His enemies were stronger then and had support coming from different countries.

There were dark forces lurking behind shadows, manipulating many impressionable minds and agitating people at some of their lowest instincts.

The battle had no rules. Nobody expected a fair fight.

It was more than a game of chance. It would be a fight to the last breath.

The prize was not for fame and glory but for the destiny of a people. A migrant people that were made up of more spectators than players, more observers than participants, and more critics than supporters.

That was the context of the battle.

It took a man of courage and street smartness to turn the tide. An iron hand to restore stability and engineer growth for our economy and society.

It took a strong leader to galvanize the energy of our people and channel it in the right direction and build on a dream.

It required great leadership to inspire a talented team of leaders to transform Singapore from a third-world country to become a first-world country.

A clean heart and mind to free oneself and the government from the clutches of corruption, abuse, and destruction.

Effective vision, execution, and grit to turn a little red dot into one of the most admired countries in the world.

Thank God, we had Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his team fighting on our side.

Mr Lee was a man of our time and together with his team, he led us out of a dark period.

Along the way, he made many sacrifices for our nation.

And led us from one victory to another and help to bring forth a successful Singapore.

He was not perfect but his contributions have made a positive difference to our future.

I can’t think of another leader that could have done the same for us.

He is respected by many in different quarters of society, including many other great leaders and politicians.

If you travel all over the world, you would realise that Singapore is widely respected and a model for many countries.

It’s a pride and joy to say, “I am a Singaporean.”

For that, we must largely thank Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his team for what they have done and achieved for us.

After he left us, the country continued to grow.

We can look forward to the future with a sense of hope and optimism.

That was how our history was made. Destiny crafted in posterity.

It happened because of one man and his team.

Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Words cannot describe how much I miss him.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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