Chinese book on Mr Lee launched

(From left) Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Thomas Chua, SFCCA president Chua Thian Poh, PM Lee, SPH chairman Lee Boon Yang, Mr Seow Choke Meng, business consultant of the SPH Chinese Media Group and Times Properties, and
(From left) Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Thomas Chua, SFCCA president Chua Thian Poh, PM Lee, SPH chairman Lee Boon Yang, Mr Seow Choke Meng, business consultant of the SPH Chinese Media Group and Times Properties, and Lianhe Zaobao editor Goh Sin Teck at the book launch.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

A new book in Chinese charts key milestones in the life of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, as well as the national outpouring of grief in the wake of his passing in March.

A Tribute To Lee Kuan Yew , published by Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), was launched yesterday.

It contains photographs, articles and media reports about Mr Lee, who died on March 23, aged 91.

The 248-page full-colour book, edited by Lianhe Zaobao copy editor Chee Li Foong, was launched by the late Mr Lee's elder son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, at the Shangri-La Hotel yesterday.

It includes a section on 12 key policies that changed Singapore, like Mr Lee's push for a green city and his firm stand against corruption, as well as a Chinese translation of an interview The Straits Times conducted with PM Lee about his father and political mentor in 2013.

Yesterday, Mr Anthony Tan, executive vice-president of SPH's Chinese Media Group, said he hopes the book will help more readers, including younger ones, understand the country's history better.

"Greece's current economic crisis reminds us of how, at the point of our country's independence, Mr Lee decided that we must be self-reliant and not rely on foreign aid like so many of the developing countries did then," he said.

The book's publication is supported by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA).

SFCCA president Chua Thian Poh said at the launch that "the book is not just Lee Kuan Yew's story, but every Singaporean's story".

The book will be distributed free to schools, community centres and libraries, and will be available at major bookstores for $10 from next month.

All proceeds will go to the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2015, with the headline 'Chinese book on Mr Lee launched'. Print Edition | Subscribe