PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong and former PM Lee Kuan Yew have both expressed their condolences to the family of Sir Run Run Shaw, and praised the late Hong Kong movie mogul for his contributions to Asian cinema.
"Run Run will be remembered for his vision and determination in building up the Shaw Brothers' movie empire that has touched the lives of many across the region from Hong Kong to Southeast Asia and beyond," the elder Mr Lee wrote in a letter to Sir Run Run's wife, Mrs Mona Shaw.
Sir Run Run died on Tuesday at his home in Hong Kong. He was 106.
PM Lee, in a Facebook post, wrote that he was saddened to hear about the death of the kung-fu film pioneer.
"He lived in Hong Kong, but was a good friend of Singapore," PM Lee wrote.
He added: "The Shaw Brothers (Run Run and Runme) were a major player in our movie industry. Generations of Singaporeans enjoyed their movies and TV shows.
"The Shaw Foundation has contributed to many charitable causes here.''
PM Lee and Mr Lee also recounted their long friendship with Sir Run Run.
The elder Mr Lee said he has been friends with Sir Run Run for more than 50 years. Together with his late wife, Madam Kwa Geok Choo, they met frequently in Singapore and Hong Kong.
"Whenever I visited Hong Kong, Run Run would graciously host Geok Choo and me, place one of his Rolls-Royces at my disposal, and update us on the latest developments. I have always benefited from Run Run's insights," Mr Lee wrote.
The two of them last met in May 2012 in Hong Kong. "Run Run was already frail but his spirit was still strong," Mr Lee recounted.
PM Lee said he first met the movie pioneer in 1985, when Sir Run Run flew in to Singapore to share his views on how Singapore could grow its media-related services.
"Subsequently when I visited Hong Kong, I would often meet Sir Run Run for a meal, and to learn from his thoughtful views about Hong Kong and the world," he added.
"Sir Run Run will be fondly remembered by Singaporeans."