Salute To Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

by Patrick Liew on March 28, 2015

An entire country – nay – the whole world

Will long remember that day in March when

The news struck:​​​​​

“Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has passed on.”




For two generations, a stalwart fixture

In a grateful, successful nation

Now here we are – grieving, unbelieving.

For our strong-willed, clean-hearted, leader

Who sowed courage and grit

To harvest honour for a whole nation,

Mining greatness out of solid rock;

A visionary, creator of dreams

One who paved the paths to achieve them,

Now, he is gone.


There are no words, only an abyss of sadness

And praises to the Man

He who headed the journey—

long and arduous–

That built a formidable Singapore;

He who expanded the mindset of a people

And built the foundation

That turned the tide.

He who had brought every Singaporean the gift

Of dignity and prosperity.

There are no words, only reverence

Deep and profound.


He is no longer, that much is true,

Yet he remains.

The legacy of Lee Kuan Yew

Is all around.


Singapore’s proud flag and anthem move

To the winds he propelled;

Singapore’s flourishing trees, parks and gardens

Mirrors of his vision;

Singapore’s bustling roads, structures and industries

Fruits of his initiative;

Singapore’s thriving men, women and children

All that we are is because of him;

Singapore is his legacy,

His bequest to the world.


A man of his time and of the future

We salute you, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

A leader of immeasurable sacrifice and dedication

We are indebted to you, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

A deep wellspring of wisdom and inspiration

We thank you, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

You may have passed on to the other side of the veil

But you will always be —




Goodbye, Sir, fare thee well.

We will always thank the Creator for you, and

Remember you with


Our dearly beloved Father

Mr. Lee Kwan Yew!


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