Without the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, There Would Not Be A Thriving Singapore.

by Patrick Liew on July 31, 2018

Without the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, There Would Not Be A Thriving Singapore.

I was born during the hard times, a period of turmoil and civil unrest in the history of Singapore.

Our people were poor, mostly uneducated and of migrant stock.

We had low fiscal reserves and hardly any natural resources.

At that point, the political masters were not known to serve our best interests.

Whatever the revisionists are telling us today, I’m a living witness of the power that communists and other dissidents wield on the streets.

It was almost impossible to determine whether anybody is a communist or has been influenced by communists because the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) was an illegal organization.

The CPM certainly did not issue membership cards.

Many were not consciously aware that they have been agitated by the CPM and were used to carry out its mission to weaken or overthrow the government.

Those dark forces were not afraid to use any means to fulfill their negative causes.

They could have destroyed us just like what many toxic leaders and activists had done to their countries.

When Mr Lee and his team came on the scene, they did not have much power and other needed resources.

Life was tough for them and for that matter, the country.

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.

He led a great team through many challenges and his track record spoke volumes of his leadership, vision and competence.

Together with other great leaders, he turned a little red dot into one of the most admired countries in the world.

Even though political power was prone to abuse, they ensured that Singapore was free from the clutches of a corrupted and inefficient government.

Singapore’s miraculous transformation from a third world- to a first-world country today is a testament of their planning abilities, execution, and perseverance.

Mr Lee was a man of our time and he led us out of the pits. He made many sacrifices for our nation.

He was not perfect but his contributions far surpassed the leaders of his time. I can’t think of another leader that could have done the same for us.

He is respected by many all over the world, including other great leaders and politicians.

If you travel all over the world, you would realise that Singapore is widely respected and modeled after.

Leaders from many parts of the world travel to Singapore to live, work, play, and learn from the Singapore Way.

My family, friends and I are grateful and thankful for what this great man had done for all of us.

We can never say enough, Thank you Sir!


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