Sunday, March 29, 2015

Remembering LKY

My thoughts after 6 days of reading/hearing tributes and accounts of Lee Kuan Yew:

We should be grateful to know and appreciate how LKY's leadership has brought us from kampung to city-state in a matter of 50 years. Giving us the wealth and security that SG enjoys today. Through his hard-knuckled policies, insights for government and politics, stepping back to let new leadership take over, love for country and countrymen, global reputation with world leaders... Criticism aside, today's SG, along with all who benefitted, owe so much to him. Younger ones may not understand his role and contributions right now, and I hope they will soon. Because we should not take all these for granted and assume that what we have will continue.

So, recognising where we come from is one thing, and because life goes on, the next thing for us is knowing where we are headed. The future's uncertain and full of questions. What kind of era are we transiting into? Will SG continue to prosper, however we choose to define prosperity? What kind of values and world reputation do we want and how do we keep and achieve those? What's each of our roles in this future? Will we still remember our roots years from now?

Let's try and see what works, I believe the answer might be. We'll plan our way and believe for the best, as we take one step at a time.

Thank you, Mr. Lee. May you rest in eternal peace.