Nathan a tree planter who helped grow S'pore into a modern nation: PM Lee
Published on Jul 3, 2014 8:43 PM
SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong celebrated former president SR Nathan's 90th birthday on Thursday night, recounting the many contributions Mr Nathan had made in his "long and full life".
From a tumultuous childhood fraught with difficulties, PM Lee said, Mr Nathan became the country's sixth and longest-serving president.
He wore many hats, from clerk to unionist, ambassador to President, but his most important role, said Mr Lee, was that of tree planter.
"Wherever he went, he nurtured young seedlings into mature trees," said Mr Lee in a speech at the Shangri-La Hotel, where he was among the more than 700 guests at the birthday celebration.
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