Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Memorial exhibition on the life of Mr Lee Kuan Yew opens today at National Museum

A new memorial exhibition on the life of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been put together by a team from the National Museum of Singapore.

Called In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew, the showcase chronicles his life and political career, and highlights the ideals and convictions that shaped him.

It opens today and will run daily from 10am to 8pm till April 26. The memorial showcase will be held at the Stamford Road museum's glass atrium on level 2. Admission is free.

Highlights on display include Mr Lee's personal artefacts such as a barrister wig he wore for his admission to the Bar, a Rolex watch that the Singapore Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers gave to him after he successfully represented it in arbitration proceedings over a wage dispute, and the rosewood rostrum he used to deliver his National Day Rally speeches from the 1970s.

Featuring seven panels, the exhibition examines Mr Lee's early formative years as a law student at Cambridge and his involvement in the anti-colonial struggle. It then goes on to cover his political career - from being a key figure in forming the People's Action Party and later, as Singapore's Prime Minister, to his final years as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor.

The museum's director, Ms Angelita Teo, said it is fitting that the museum, as the main institution that showcases Singapore's history to the public, presents a memorial exhibition in tribute to Mr Lee. "The objective is for people to appreciate and reflect on the magnitude of Mr Lee's contributions to the nation and the legacy he has left behind," she said.

The National Library Board in Victoria Street will also be holding an exhibition on the late elder statesman's public life at its lobby. It will feature his most notable quotes drawn from speeches dating back to the 1950s.

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