Respect for rule of law key to orderly society

In her commentary, Dr Lee Wei Ling wrote that Mr Lee Kuan Yew, after the death of his beloved wife, had raised the topic of euthanasia with his doctors and was informed of its illegality here ("Missing Papa on Aug 9"; Monday).

Even though Mr Lee commanded much influence, he never sought to change the law just because of his personal anguish, and he continued living and struggling through his last days.

I commend Mr Lee for the respect he had for Singapore's rule of law.

One unmistakable trait of Singapore is its orderly, just and equitable society, all of which would be impossible without reverence for good laws and the rule of law.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong had also revealed that Mr Lee refrained from overstepping his authority with younger leaders, and always turned up early for events.

This demonstrated a depth of character and self-control.

Such respect is a virtue our generation would do well to adopt.

We ought to understand our place in society, and contribute to Singapore's continued prosperity by denying overt individualism.

By doing so, we would preserve our national identity and sense of community, and continue to grow from strength to strength.

Loy Hwa Wei

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2015, with the headline 'Respect for rule of law key to orderly society'. Print Edition | Subscribe