This letter may be a little early for you, and you might only be able to truly appreciate it when you are much older. But Daddy thinks it’s really important for you to know how this man has given us the opportunity to live the life that we have today.
Today is a very sad day for our nation, our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away at the age of 91 after spending his whole life building and protecting Singapore. Nothing more need to be said about his legacy. Under his leadership, we went from a tiny island that is unwanted by anyone (both Malaysia and UK discarded us at our most vulnerable times) to now a country that even the most successful people in the world coverts our citizenship. I’m sure you will be reading about him and his policies as you start your schooling life, but I really want to share with you how his policies had benefited our family.
It would be safe to say that all policies that Mr Lee implemented has some form of impact on our life. But the 2 most important ones to us would be his insistence on a society that’s build upon meritocracy, and that every child of Singapore would be provided with education, even if they can’t afford it.
Your granddad left us when Daddy was around 5 years old. Not only did he leave us, but he also left us with a large amount of debt. We did not have any money to pay for it, hence definitely won’t be able to afford to pay for school fees. But Mr Lee’s policies ensures that Daddy is able to continue to go to school. Without which, I would not have been able to even finish primary school, and life would probably be very different now.
His insistence that the society should be build upon meritocracy has allowed someone like Daddy, who have came from a broken family to aim for bigger things in life, as long as I work hard and show the results for it. Without his vision of a society build upon meritocracy, we would probably be left behind no matter what we do.
Today, we brought you to Istana to pay our final respects to the man that has created the opportunities for us to have the life we have today. At the tender age of 9mths, you probably would not even remember this day. But as you grow up, I want you to read this and remember that we would never be where we are without our founding father.
Thank u again Mr Lee Kuan Yew, we are all part of your legacy.