Obituary Message On The Passing Of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew(e/c)

Obituary Message On The Passing Of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng On 24 March 2015 In Komtar, George Town.

Lee Kuan Yew – The great moderniser

On behalf of the people of Penang and the Democratic Action Party, we offer our deepest condolence to Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong, family members of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, and the people of Singapore on the passing of the founder of their nation, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, at the age of 91.

In his more than sixty years of public life, which included a very brief period as a Member of the Malaysian Parliament, Mr Lee Kuan Yew was renowned for his eloquence and sharp wit. But he was internationally regarded for how he modernised his beloved nation, and helped Singapore punched above the weight of a small city state, in global affairs.

Lee Kuan Yew was the moderniser par excellence. But he was not perfect. Often leaders come and go, leaving some good deeds and some not-so-good ones. Whatever his flaws and weaknesses they were outweighed by the remarkable success of transforming a poor, backward, fractious nation without any natural resources and even inadequate water into a united island of self-sufficiency and prosperity.

Lee Kuan Yew relied only on the human capital at his disposal and good governance centered on rigorously rooting out corruption. That became known as the Singapore success model, emulated and followed by nations great and small, where even great nations like China sought his counsel.

I hosted Mr Lee at Komtar, the seat of Penang State Government, on his final whirlwind tour of Malaysia six years ago in June 2009. Even at that age, he was still a dynamic thinker with trenchant arguments and clear in his vision.

He displayed tremendous ambition in pushing his nation hard and those around him to excel. That is the full measure of the man who inspired others to reach beyond themselves to scale unimaginable heights. If politics is the art of the possible, for Lee Kuan Yew, nothing was impossible to achieve provided one was hungry enough to work hard. May Lee Kuan Yew rest in peace.

LIM GUAN ENG

—-Mandarin—

槟州首席部长兼民主行动党秘书长林冠英于2015年3月24日在乔治市光大,为新加坡开国总理李光耀发表悼文:
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李光耀——杰出的现代化功臣

对于新加坡开国元勋李光耀先生昨日以91高龄辞世,我谨代表槟州人民及民主行动党,向新国总理李显龙、家属及全体新加坡人民表达我们最深切的慰问。

李光耀的一生当中,奉献予公共领域的岁月超过一甲子,他除了是新国的开国元老外,也曾在大马国会短暂担任议员一职。李老先生辩才无碍、机智敏捷乃众所皆知之事,但,更被国际社会津津乐道的,是他如何将其深爱的新加坡全面现代化,进而在国际舞台上展现峥嵘头角、发光发热。

领袖来来去去,有者留下佳绩,有些则不甚好评。李光耀无可否认是一名卓越杰出的现代化领袖,但他也绝非完人,并不十全十美。不过,瑕不掩瑜的是,他成功将一个毫无天然资源、甚至没有水源且贫困落后的小国,转型至一个独立自主、繁荣昌盛的新加坡。

李光耀依赖的是人力资本,再辅以善治,将贪污腐败根除。他把新加坡这个城市国家转化为一个成功的楷模,各国无不竞相学习参考,就连大国如中国,也欲一探究竟。

2009年6月,李先生最后一次旋风式访马,我有幸代表槟州政府接待这位贵宾。尽管当时他年事已高,可是在言谈之中,仍可发现他思路清晰活跃,而且极之犀利,令人惊叹。

在建国的过程中,李光耀彰显了强烈的企图心,倾尽全力让这个蕞尔岛国迈向强盛。他的一生,激励了后人不断超越自我,以来到一个难以想象的高度。如果政治是“一切可能”的艺术,那,让一个饥肠辘辘的人填饱肚子,进而发奋图强,则是李光耀将此艺术发挥至巅峰之作。

愿李光耀安息。

林冠英

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