Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s eulogy for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (29 Mar 2015)

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s eulogy for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (29 Mar 2015)

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Charlie Rose interviews Lee Kuan Yew (Oct 2009)

Charlie Rose interviewed Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew about the new global order — 23 October 2009

The protocol for public figure deaths

GLENN GREENWALD: “We are all taught that it is impolite to speak ill of the dead, particularly in the immediate aftermath of someone’s death. For a private person, in a private setting, that makes perfect sense. Most human beings are complex and shaped by conflicting drives, defined by both good and bad acts. That’s more or less what it means to be human. And — when it comes to private individuals — it’s entirely appropriate to emphasize the positives of someone’s life and avoid criticisms upon their death: it comforts their grieving loved ones and honors their memory. In that context, there’s just no reason, no benefit, to highlight their flaws.

But that is completely inapplicable to the death of a public person, especially one who is political. When someone dies who is a public figure by virtue of their political acts — like Ronald Reagan — discussions of them upon death will be inherently politicized. How they are remembered is not strictly a matter of the sensitivities of their loved ones, but has substantial impact on the culture which discusses their lives. To allow significant political figures to be heralded with purely one-sided requiems — enforced by misguided (even if well-intentioned) notions of private etiquette that bar discussions of their bad acts — is not a matter of politeness; it’s deceitful and propagandistic. To exploit the sentiments of sympathy produced by death to enshrine a political figure as Great and Noble is to sanction, or at best minimize, their sins. Misapplying private death etiquette to public figures creates false history and glorifies the ignoble.”

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PM Lee Hsien Loong’s speech at 8am on passing of Lee Kuan Yew

Good morning my fellow Singaporeans

I am deeply saddened to tell you that Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away peacefully this morning at the Singapore General Hospital.

Let me say a few words in Malay and Mandarin.

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Statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (passing of Lee Kuan Yew)


The Prime Minister has declared a period of National Mourning from 23 March (Monday) to 29 March (Sunday).

2 As a mark of respect to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the State flags on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast from today to Sunday.

3 A private family wake will be held from 23 March (Monday) to 24 March (Tuesday) at Sri Temasek.

4 Mr Lee’s body will lie in state at Parliament House from 25 March (Wednesday) to 28 March (Saturday), for the public to pay their respects. Those who wish to pay their last respects at Parliament House can do so from 10 am to 8 pm daily from Wednesday to Saturday.

5 A State Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm on 29 March (Sunday) at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.

6 The State Funeral Service will be attended by the late Mr Lee’s family, friends and staff, the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Old Guards, senior civil servants, grassroots leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life. The State Funeral Service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.

7 Condolence books and cards will be available in front of Istana by the Main Gate from Monday to Sunday, for those who wish to pen their tributes to the late Mr Lee. Condolence books will also be opened at all Overseas Missions for overseas Singaporeans and friends.

8 The public can express their condolences and share their memories of the late Mr Lee at the official website,

9 The public can call the 24-hour hotline at 6336 1166 with queries, or visit and for more details.

10 The Prime Minister will be addressing the nation “live” at 8 am today.

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23 MARCH 2015

Condolence Letter from President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, 23 March 2015

Mr Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister

Dear Hsien Loong

On behalf of the people of Singapore, I would like to convey my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dear father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Mr Lee dedicated his entire life to Singapore from his first position as a legal advisor to the labour unions in the 1950s after his graduation from Cambridge University to his undisputed role as the architect of our modern Republic. Few have demonstrated such complete commitment to a cause greater than themselves.

Mr Lee was elected into the British Legislative Assembly in 1955 and became Singapore’s first Prime Minister after leading the PAP to victory in the 1959 general elections when Singapore was granted full internal self-government. At that time, Singapore faced problems of high unemployment, poor infrastructure and a hostile external environment. To secure Singapore’s access to land, water and natural resources, Mr Lee led Singapore to join the Federation of Malaysia before declaring independence from Britain in 1963. However, the problems were exacerbated when Singapore lost its economic hinterland after our forced separation from Malaysia in 1965. Many doubted if Singapore could survive as a nation but Mr Lee rallied our people together and led his cabinet colleagues to successfully build up our armed forces, develop our infrastructure and transform Singapore into a global metropolis.

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Mr Lee Kuan Yew has passed away


Lee Kuan Yew’s discussion with 5 foreign correspondents (1984)

Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s discussion with 5 foreign correspondents (recorded by SBC on 9th October 1984).

Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s condition ‘has worsened’: PMO

21 March 2015

SINGAPORE: The condition of Mr Lee Kuan Yew “has worsened” in the Intensive Care Unit of Singapore General Hospital, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Saturday (Mar 21).

The Republic’s first Prime Minister is now is his 45th day at the hospital, having been admitted on Feb 5 with severe pneumonia. He has been on mechanical ventilation since Feb 21.

Mr Lee’s condition took a turn for the worse on Tuesday, when he contracted an infection. On Wednesday, the PMO said his condition had “deteriorated further” and that he remained “critically ill” in the ICU.

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