Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore Press Holdings holds memorial service for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE - Media group Singapore Press Holdings held a memorial for Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Thursday morning, where staff who had interacted with Singapore's first prime minister shared stories and memories of him.

Editor-at-large of The Straits Times, Mr Han Fook Kwang, recounted working with Mr Lee on his books and how meticulous and intense Mr Lee was - giving attention to things he considered important, and how focused he was on securing Singapore's future.

Chief executive officer Alan Chan, who was Mr Lee's principal private secretary, recounted how he had once asked his colleagues about annual leave, and was told he ought to work alongside the then-Senior Minister for the good of the nation and not think of holidays.

Staff from Berita Harian, Lianhe Zaobao, Tamil Murasu and Support Services also went on stage to share their encounters with Mr Lee in the course of their work as reporters.

About 700 SPH staff attended the memorial service where a minute's silence was observed, and everyone stood up to sing the National Anthem at the end of the event.

kxinghui@sph.com.sg