Philanthropist's death a great loss

We have lost a great philanthropist, with the death of Mr Lee Seng Gee ("Lee Foundation chairman Lee Seng Gee dies, 95"; yesterday).

The Lee Foundation, under Mr Lee's care, gave large donations to support the education and arts sectors, various social welfare programmes, and a host of charitable causes.

Since its inception, the foundation has donated large sums of money to various worthy causes, benefiting organisations and individuals.

Mr Lee believed that the key to long-term prosperity was education, and education has been the abiding object of support for the Lee Foundation, with the majority of its contributions going into education.

The foundation created opportunities for many poor people and made a significant and meaningful difference in people's lives.

Whenever I attend bursary award ceremonies, the Lee Foundation always gets mentioned. I am thankful for that and happy for the students receiving the awards.

I hope the people who have benefited are committed to returning to society the richness of blessings they received from the foundation, once they are doing well in society.

Like his father Lee Kong Chian, the younger Mr Lee was an extraordinary entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist who made unwavering contributions to Singapore.

His death is a great loss to many of us, but the Lee Foundation will always stand tall and mighty.

V. Balu

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 12, 2016, with the headline 'Philanthropist's death a great loss'. Print Edition | Subscribe