Harry Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), Legendary Founding Father of Singapore [16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015]

Good Day, Beautiful People!

My heart is heavy and deeply saddened upon receiving early morning text messages streaming in from Singapore. Today is a very sad day for the Nation of Singapore! Many Singaporeans are mourning for the passing of Founding Father of Singapore, the first Prime Minister, (Minister Mentor) MM Lee Kuan Yew (LKY).

People may have to agree to disagree with something you said, the hard decisions you contrived at the given circumstances and some policies you made. Amazingly, your shoulders were broad enough to take the public criticism. Like your lifelong friend, Henry Kissinger said ” He was not at all a charmer. He was not a flatterer. He had developed his point of view. He would present it with great intelligence and eloquence – not in order to get you to do something specific, but to understand the nature of the world in which you were living.”

No matter what is your view about this man, it is undeniable fact that MM LKY was a Visionary, Hero, rare influential Statesman, Strategist, Economic Pragmatist, Entrepreneur and Legendary Giant in the Political World and Architect of modern Singapore. Without MM LKY, the tiny red dot in the world map, a little sleepy Island Temasek, will not be the Modern Singapore that the world has known. He has sacrificed his life to build Singapore from a third world to a first world country surrounded by the third world countries. His profound wisdom and leadership has made Singapore a stable, peaceful, progressive and prosperous country. May Singapore continue to be the country of a meritocratic government and a fair education system with equal opportunities for all, affordable housing, high productivity, high efficiency, low crimes, low corruptions, a great business hub and financial powerhouse.

 

MM Lee Kuan Yew Famous Quotes:


 

 
If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you cannot do it without discipline.

I am nobody’s stooge. I am not here to play somebody else’s game. I have a few million people’s lives to account for.

You lose nothing by being polite. The answer is ‘No’, but please say it politely and give the reasons… Explain to me why ‘No’. Don’t change ‘No’ to ‘Yes’. Don’t be a fool. If there was a good reason why it is ‘No’, it must remain ‘No’, but the man must be told politely.”

At the end of the day, decisions have got to be made by adults, not teenagers, but it has got to be made in such a way that when the teenagers become adults, and they look back on these decisions, they will be proud of the generation that went before them.

I have believed in Malaysian merger and the unity of these two territories. You know they are people connected by geography, economics, and ties of kinship — would you mind that we stop for a while…

Every person, genius or moron, has a right to reproduce himself.

I wish I can meet my wife in the hereafter, but I don’t think I will. I just cease to exist just as she has ceased to exist.

I don’t believe in love at first sight. I think it’s a grave mistake. You’re attracted by physical characteristics and you will regret it.

You either have the Western view – you marry the woman you love, or the Eastern view – you love the woman you marry. Well, I tried to match both, and I think it wasn’t a bad choice.

Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him. Or give it up. This is not a game of cards.

I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.

I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.

To be successful in a profession or in business, to become wealthy cannot be compared to making the lives of your fellow men better. This can bring immerse satisfaction.

What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work.

If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one.

I have been accused of many things in my life, but not even my worst enemy has ever accused me of being afraid to speak my mind.

I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP.

One man one vote is a most difficult form of government… Results can be erratic.

I was a product of the times, the war, the occupation, the reoccupation, my 4 years in Britain, admiring but at the same time questioning whether they are able to do a better job than we can.

Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.

Singaporeans, if I can chose an analogy, we are the hard disk of a computer, the foreign talent are the megabytes you add to your storage capacity. So your computer never hangs because you got enormous storage capacity.

Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalisation. I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.

I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind – an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow.

With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries…What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual.
Freedom of the press, freedom of the news media, must be subordinated to the overriding needs of the integrity of Singapore, and to the primacy of purpose of an elected government.

I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that’s the most unlikely thing ever to have been…

Repression can only go up to a point. When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters.

I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A SUCCESSFUL SINGAPORE. What have I given up? MY LIFE.

“When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson. My thoughts and prayers for PM Lee Hsien Loong and his family find peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. Praying for peace and blessings over the nation of Singapore. Good night, Sir or to the locals known as “Ah Gong”! Rest in peace with Mrs Lee. The world will never have another Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore is forever indebted to you.

My most fondest and treasured memories, were listening to my late Dad and late maternal Grandpa telling me your stories and past Singapore stories. What touches me the most is that Mr Lee was your faithfulness, your incredible love for your beloved wife, a good father and a loving family man who took care of your loved ones.

In honesty and truthfulness, Sir, you had lived the great American’s ethos, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country” -Kahlil Gibran. These words were made famous by United States President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 inauguration speech. Because of you, Sir, I am proud of my heritage even though I don’t live in Singapore now, it is still my second home. Singaporeans who travel and live in overseas will tend to agree that the locals are really spoilt by the fruits of your labour. Thank you for teaching us to dream big even everything around you look bleak. With vision afloat, an intelligent and loyal team of people, determination, focus, diligence, sweat and tears, success is attainable. Your legacy will live on.


MM Lee Kuan Yew’s Biographies and Books of Singapore Journey for avid readers and those who are interested in politics, economy, his intellectual wisdom and philosophy:

◾From Third World to First: The Singapore Story

◾From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Vol. 2

◾The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew

◾The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

◾Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going

◾My Lifelong Challenge Singapore’s Bilingual Journey

Everyone know you’re either really great or really bad to appear in the front page of most of the key international newspapers and TV news worldwide. Reading amazing tributes across the globe, tears are unavoidable.

Online Tributes by world leaders:

http://www.todayonline.com/rememberinglky/international-tributes-pour-mr-lee-kuan-yew
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lee-kuan-yew-the-economic/1734418.html
http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/03/lee-kuan-yews-singapore?fscr=scn/fb/wl/dc/anastonishingrecord
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-lawmakers-pay-respects/1743752.html?cx_tag=recommend4u#cxrecs_s

Online Tributes by sphrazor Part 1 & 2:

Special Song by Dominic Chin: You first believed (original) – Thank you Mr Lee

Special Song from China: Little Red Dot – Tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Eulogy by Henry Kissinger:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-world-will-miss-lee-kuan-yew/2015/03/23/80867914-d172-11e4-8fce-3941fc548f1c_story.html?hpid=z2

Below is the link for your Online tributes:
http://www.rememberingleekuanyew.sg/
http://tribute.smu.edu.sg/

Singaporeans Tributes:

News Links:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/rememberingleekuanyew
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/pm-lee-grieved-beyond-words-mr-lee-kuan-yews-death-20150
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mr-lee-kuan-yew-public/1746416.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32012346
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/world/asia/lee-kuan-yew-founding-father-and-first-premier-of-singapore-dies-at-91.html?_r=0
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/22/asia/singapore-lee-kuan-yew-dies/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/lee-kuan-yew-dead-singapore-founding-father-was-pm-for-31-years/story-e6frg6so-1227273982846
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/singaporeans-mourn-death-founding-father-lee-kuan-yew-29827974
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lee-kuan-yew-the-man-who/1745372.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/singaporeans-queue-for-hours-at-lee-coffin/story-e6frfkui-1227281411705
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lee-kuan-yew-death-7-unusual-facts-about-singapores-founding-father-1493752

Live Blog:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/live-blog-special/1743308.html

BBC News Link:

Time Magazine Link:
http://ti.me/1EJC2Nk

State Funeral Service:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/state-funeral-service/1744036.html











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For in You I will find rest [MF]

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With great pleasure and honour to share another great poem that is written by my creative friend, Melinda Fletcher. It has touched my heart and many others. If you are in the dark and challenging season in life, you just breathe and this shall pass. When time to fight, you fight. Time to stand, you stand. Time to sit, you sit. Time to rest, you rest. Trust Him to take care of you.

Sometimes it is dark and my view becomes clouded

I feel I’m forsaken with nowhere to run

But Your love is revealed to me Lord through my trial

Your faithfulness shines through the clouds like the sun

 

 For In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

Rest for my weary soul 

 

When I am in weakness you show yourself stronger

The thorn in my flesh is my friend not my foe

I find when it’s hard I’m still better to trust you

Than be lost without you and all on my own

 

For In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

Rest for my weary soul

 

Somehow in my mess you make beauty from ashes

Nothing is wasted with what I’ve been through

Your purpose in this is to gently restore me

And use what has value to bring glory to you

 

For In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

Rest for my weary soul

 

When life is not easy and grief is upon me

When feelings of loss make my heart overwhelmed

You tell me to come to you Lord for comfort

For you understand and will carry my load

 

And In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

Rest for my weary soul

 

I come to the foot of your cross when I’m weary

Reminding  myself of your sacrifice

Beholding you and your love gives me courage

Your yoke is easy and burden is light

 

And In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

In you I will find rest

Rest for my weary soul

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All is well with my soul [MF]

Sharing another beautiful poem by my creative mate, Melinda Fletcher.

Distraction all around me

The cares of this life

People running to and fro

In worry and in strife

 

Pressure ever mounting

So much we must achieve

Knowledge is increasing

Expectations are on me

 

And then there is my body

Growing older every day

More aches and pains and troubles

That I pray to go away

 

Despite all of these troubles

I know what I must do

Despite my circumstances

I need to worship you

 

I need to worship you Lord Jesus

Lift my hands to you oh Lord

Keep my heart focused toward you

And my eyes upon your Word

 

I know deep down you love me

You are the anchor for my soul

Despite the crashing waves around me

It’s you I must behold !

 

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I Declare [2]

Sharing this beautiful poem written by my uniquely creative friend, Melinda Fletcher.
“I must declare the promises
To overcome the doubt
For fear and worry have no power
When I speak them out

I must declare your word out loud
Despite all that I see
For natural circumstances
Try to take my eyes off thee
I must sing out your praises Lord
In everything I do
You already have my answers Lord
In everything you do

And even if I am overwhelmed
By the wind and all the waves
I know that you will rescue me
Through your amazing grace
I’d like not to go through the fire
But even if I do
In your love and faithfulness
You’ll carry me right through

I must stay within your presence lord
Abide within your word
Surround myself with worship
And believe all that I’ve heard

For you promised to be faithful God
Despite how bad I feel
Help me to be faithful lord
To rest and to be still

Help me to trust in you!!!

He will give you faith to remove it
Or grace to go through it
He is True to his word and loves you
Run to Him not from Him!!!
Believe Him. Now is your chance!
Rise to the challenge of faith despite sight!!!!”

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Laugh

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Well, who like to argue with Dr Seuss’s philosophy. I’m sticking to his side. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

To truly laugh, you must be able take pain, and play with it. – Charlie Chaplin
We all know that life is never a bed of roses. There are seasons and you cannot avoid. During the season of darkness and pain, you literally have to take every once of body to find that joy. You need some people come along side to create the laughter, tell you jokes and see some comedy movies to lighten the hard season. Challenging season don’t last, the strong people last. Soon you will able to laugh and play again without effort.

Sharing this as it cracks me up! Lol Can’t wait to see the movie Noah by Russell Crowe.

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“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have courage to accept love in return.” – Maya Angelou

Wisdom to ponder:

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Love this promise:
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the future. – Proverbs 31:25

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I declare:

Good Day, Beautiful People!
Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words. -Proverbs 18:21

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Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.

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Be careful of what you say & speak over yourself. Speak of things you want to see in your future.

Words are alive. So choose wisely.

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Sharing Mother Teresa Quotes

Good Day, Beautiful People!
Welcome on aboard! Let my thoughts flow smoothly, my sharing journey begins… type away my dreamy slow-moving little fingers…

Love these quotes by the late Mother Teresa, Nobel Prize Winner. I reckon if we can live by these quotes regardless of creed, race and nationality will make us all better human beings. This world will be a more beautiful and kinder place. 20140311-094243.jpg

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.
I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person,
a beautiful thing.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
Live simply so others may simply live.

Prayer is not asking.
Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God,
at His disposition,
and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.

I can do things you cannot,
you can do things I cannot;
together we can do great things.

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