Chinese community pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew
Award for contributions to S'pore-China ties received on his behalf by Lee Hsien Yang
The Chinese community yesterday threw a birthday bash to celebrate former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's 90th birthday, paying tribute to his lifelong interest in developing the community, promoting bilingualism, and his pivotal role in building ties with China.
Some 800 guests and several Cabinet ministers turned up at the Shangri-La Hotel to honour the man, but he was unable to attend.
Mr Lee, whose birthday is on Sept 16, had wanted to go but was advised by doctors in recent days not to, as a precautionary measure.
His younger son Lee Hsien Yang, 56, came in his place, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Business China as a nod to the elder Mr Lee's contributions to Singapore-China relations.