Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

ST's Tribute Wall Day 1: More than 2,000 pen their tributes to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE - The ST Tribute Wall came online on Monday morning and by midnight, more than 2,000 readers have penned their tributes to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Tributes are still pouring in on Tuesday.

Singapore's founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew died aged 91 at 3.18am on Monday.

In their online tributes, many readers expressed their condolences to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his family, while others left messages of gratitude, respect and love for Singapore's founding Prime Minister.

Some readers also recounted their memories of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. One of them was 40-year-old administrator, Wong Ee Yuing, who wrote:

"1988 was likely the year I had the opportunity to meet you during your walkabouts at Toa Payoh Central, somewhere in front of the library. You were smiling as you paced about. I was a teenager. That was my only real life encounter with you. Your speeches, interviews and writings are always intellectually stimulating. Your life's work has contributed greatly to what Singapore is today - a first world nation, a global metropolis, a home and country which I am proud to belong and call my own. Thank you for giving your life and fighting so hard to give us all a better life and making Singapore work. Now is the time for you to rest. You have fought hard, Sir. Your battle is done. Our generation will carry on your good fight. Rest in peace, Mr Lee."

Readers have also attached pictures to their tribute messages, ranging from old photos of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, to their own artwork and graphics.

Pen your tribute on the ST Tribute Wall. You can also send us pictures or videos with your messages.

Here are some selected messages from the ST Tribute Wall:

Former national rugby coach Natahar Bava, 70

When I read that Mr Lee was very ill, I wanted to share with the people of Singapore this letter that he wrote to me 50 years ago. I represented Singapore in the 3rd SEAP Games held in Kuala Lumpur in 1965...We’d just separated from Malaysia a few months before. After the divorce, Singapore had to field its own team. No Malaysians were allowed. I’m a Singaporean, so I qualified. I won my first international bronze medal in the 200m men's finals. My second medal was a silver in the 4x100m men's relay.

I didn’t expect to get a letter from the Prime Minister. It was really, really motivating, especially for a 20-year-old. But I didn’t realise the significance until much later when I became the coach of the national rugby team. 

He shared with me his values and I learnt how to motivate my own team.

In the letter dated January 1966, Mr Lee wrote that the sportsman’s performance brought into focus "the qualities of discipline, stamina and talent which will enable the people of Singapore to overcome so many of their present difficulties and secure our future as a nation".

I want to use this letter to show Singaporeans that this is a man who had the vision for Singapore and who was constantly thinking about our success as a nation. He was not doing it for himself. He was doing it for the country, for the people of Singapore.” 

Phua Hock Jin, Alan

No words can portray sufficiently our appreciation for Mr Lee Kuan Yew for what he has done for us and Singapore. His love, selfless dedication and sacrifices for our nation will be remembered for all generations. No words can describe the pain of our loss of such a great leader. We truly miss you. Thank you Mr. Lee for all you have done for us.

Muhammad Ismail Shakir

Coming from a different part of the world and staying here in Singapore has given me the strength to see how Singapore has evolved over the years and I cannot help but say that Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been a true leader, a visionary and a man with very strong nerves. Never in the past has history seen such tremendous, relentless and true efforts, and passion for one's people and country. Singapore has set benchmark standards for the rest of the world. You were, you are and you still will be an inspiration for me. God bless and rest in peace!

Alice Ng

Growing up in the 1960s, moving from a kampung village to a 3-room rental flat where 13 of my family members lived, we are ever grateful that we had you, Sir, as our Prime Minister. Your principle of meritocracy has enabled my siblings and I to receive a good education and move out of the poverty trap. We are all now successful in our choice of careers. Without your vision and leadership, Singapore would never have developed into the Singapore today. We thank you. You will always remain in our hearts. May you rest in peace.

Derek Low

I'd like to dedicate this art piece to you Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Thank you Sir, if not for you, we wouldn't be what we are today. May you rest in peace.