First anniversary of Lee Kuan Yew's death marked by early morning events in Singapore

Children lay flowers at a remembrance site for Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Jurong Lake Gardens.
Children lay flowers at a remembrance site for Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Jurong Lake Gardens.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Participants at the starting line of Walk The Talk: A Walk For LKY, a 2.8km brisk walk organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Participants at the starting line of Walk The Talk: A Walk For LKY, a 2.8km brisk walk organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry.ST PHOTO: NG KENG GENE
Pupils at Mr Lee's alma mater, Telok Kurau Primary, paying tribute to him at a special assembly held in his honour.
Pupils at Mr Lee's alma mater, Telok Kurau Primary, paying tribute to him at a special assembly held in his honour.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Bouquets outside the Istana on Wednesday (March 23) morning.
Bouquets outside the Istana on Wednesday (March 23) morning.ST PHOTO: NG KENG GENE
Preschool children about to lay flowers for Mr Lee Kuan Yew at a remembrance site.
Preschool children about to lay flowers for Mr Lee Kuan Yew at a remembrance site.ST PHOTO: NG KENG GENE
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the tree-planting event at Jurong Lake Park.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the tree-planting event at Jurong Lake Park.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Shuqun Primary School pupils (from left) Cedric Cheng, Venus Chan and Nang Theint Hanni planting a Mempat tree at Jurong Lake Park.
Shuqun Primary School pupils (from left) Cedric Cheng, Venus Chan and Nang Theint Hanni planting a Mempat tree at Jurong Lake Park.ST PHOTO: WONG SHIYING
Children laying flowers in front of a memorial site for Mr Lee at Jurong Lake Park.
Children laying flowers in front of a memorial site for Mr Lee at Jurong Lake Park.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
SCCCI's Walk The Talk participants in the SCCCI auditorium.
SCCCI's Walk The Talk participants in the SCCCI auditorium. ST PHOTO: NG KENG GENE
SCCCI's Walk The Talk participants in the SCCCI auditorium.
SCCCI's Walk The Talk participants in the SCCCI auditorium. ST PHOTO: NG KENG GENE
Pupils at Telok Kurau Primary watching a slideshow during a special assembly to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Pupils at Telok Kurau Primary watching a slideshow during a special assembly to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Mr Lee Kuan Yew's penchant for morning walks inspired about 600 participants to gather at Dhoby Ghaut Green before sunrise on Wednesday (March 23), kicking off a poignant day marking the first death anniversary of Singapore's founding Prime Minister.

They were part of Walk The Talk: A Walk For LKY, a 2.8km brisk walk organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI).

Education centre owner Jean Ho, 50, who arrived with her husband at 6.30am, described the event as "a meaningful way for us to remember our dear Mr Lee's legacy".

"He embodies the fighting spirit of our forefathers, and he taught us the importance of having a harmonious society," she said.

"Living together in peace with people of other races is something we cannot take for granted, and is one of the things I am grateful to the late Mr Lee for."

Decked in pink T-shirts, participants also walked along Oxley Road, near the late Mr Lee's residence.

 
 

SCCCI president Thomas Chua said: "Mr Lee worked very hard to ensure the survival and prosperity of our country. Despite how busy he was, he always valued having a healthy lifestyle and is known to have taken morning walks daily."

Across Singapore, individuals and community groups held events from tree-planting ceremonies to an academic forum to mark this day last year when Mr Lee died at age 91.

Organisers said these activities are meant to celebrate his life as a reminder to Singaporeans of what it took for modern Singapore to be built, and what it will take to ensure the country's success.


A pupil from Telok Kurau Primary giving a speech during a special assembly to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Pupils at Telok Kurau Primary, the school Mr Lee attended from 1930 to 1935, paid tribute to him with a special assembly on Wednesday morning.

Slides of his famous quotes were shown to students, who also had the chance to share their hopes to carry on his legacy of nation-building and racial harmony.

At Jurong Lake Park, more than 350 residents from the Jurong, Yuhua and Bukit Batok constituencies joined Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in planting 53 mempat trees. These will eventually be part of the new Jurong Lake Gardens.

The campaign to plant trees was started by Mr Lee himself in 1963, when he planted a mempat tree in Farrer Circus. Over the years, he planted more than 60 trees all over the island, leading to the "greening" of Singapore that is renowned the world over.

Carrying a watering pot in his hand, Shuqun Primary student Cedric Cheng, 12, said: "Mr Lee Kuan Yew had the vision of Singapore being a clean and green city. I am proud to be able to continue his legacy through this tree-planting activity."

Mr Tharman said: "He was, as NParks always said, our chief gardener. He would send a large number of proposals to them, some unworkable but most workable. Whenever I see the red bougainvillea on the overheard bridge, my heart moves up a tick... That was Lee Kuan Yew."