To mark the first anniversary of the passing of our founding Secretary-General and Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, the People’s Action Party (PAP) held an event “Remembering Lee Kuan Yew” at the PAP Headquarters on Thursday, 17 March 2016.
The event, attended by 250 party activists and guests, served as a forum to remember and honour Comrade Lee and his achievements, and also to celebrate the coming together of a cohesive united people - regardless of race, language or religion.
Former Member of Parliament for Punggol, Comrade Ng Kah Ting, Young PAP member, Comrade Nicole Peta Leong and Chairman of the PAP Central Executive Committee, Comrade Khaw Boon Wan, shared their views on the late Lee Kuan Yew and his influence on Singapore and her people.
Comrade Ng, 76, who served seven terms, first as Legislative Assemblyman and later as the Member of Parliament between 1963 and 1991, spoke about how Comrade Lee set a ‘high standard of stewardship’, and stood by the Party’s ideals and ‘fought tooth and nail to make doubly sure for the Party’s continued support from the people in the General Elections, but also Singapore’s continued survival and a secure future in this turbulent world.’
Young PAP activist, 32 year-old Comrade Nicole Peta Leong said Comrade Lee’s contributions to Singapore’s nation-building efforts ensured Singapore’s success and prosperity for younger generations of Singaporeans. She said Singaporeans have to ensure that the country stays competitive and continues to shine as a bright little red dot. “This will be our way of saying thank you to him for all that he has done for us. For uniting us as one united people, even in death,” she said.
Party Chairman Khaw, who is also Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister of Transport, in his speech urged Singaporeans to continue to preserve Comrade Lee’s key legacies and to work hard to ensure Singapore’s continued relevance in the world. He added, “We cannot predict the future, but we can prepare our people so that come what may, we can always prevail. The important thing is not to be complacent, and to dare to dream.”
Comrade Khaw also unveiled a commemorative artillery shell casing, which was presented by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on behalf of the Government of Singapore. The artillery shell is a significant memento as it was one of the rounds fired during the 21-gun salute at the Padang during the State Funeral Procession of Mr Lee Kuan Yew last year.
Speech by Party Chairman, Comrade Khaw Boon Wan
Speech by Former Member Parliament, Comrade Ng Kah Ting
Speech by Young PAP Activist, Comrade Nicole Peta Leong