Singapore lucky to have leaders like Dhana, says PM Lee
Retired Temasek chairman searched his conscience to 'do the right thing'
PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong led the tributes to newly retired Temasek Holdings chairman S. Dhanabalan last night, saying Singapore has been fortunate to have had leaders like him who led with conviction and dedication.
Mr Dhanabalan's strong conviction was what made him valuable as a Cabinet minister, Mr Lee said, as he was prepared to voice his disagreements with policies and also searched his conscience to "do the right thing".
Speaking at a dinner at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to mark Temasek's 39th anniversary, Mr Lee told the audience of 350 guests: "Singapore has been lucky to have had stewards like Dhana to take care of our affairs. They believe in what they are doing. They dedicate their hearts and souls to the task."
Mr Dhanabalan stepped down as Temasek chairman last week after 17 years at the helm of the investment company. That marked the end of a career spanning over five decades in the private sector and in politics, 15 of them as a minister from 1978 to 1993.
MAN OF CONVICTION
This was his value as a minister - he spoke and acted out of conviction, and people knew that.
- PM Lee, on Mr Dhanabalan as a Cabinet minister