Remembering Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew……..( My thoughts Srimal Fernando)
From Third World to First: The Singapore Story, 1965- 2000 Lee Kuan Yew
You lose nothing by being polite. The answer is ‘No’, but please say it politely and give the reasons… Explain to me why ‘No’. Don’t change ‘No’ to ‘Yes’. Don’t be a fool. If there was a good reason why it is ‘No’, it must remain ‘No’, but the man must be told politely.”
Today was a very sad day for me.. I heard the sad news , Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, passed away. Every time I visited Singapore I used to think what a great leader Lee Kuan Yew was. Can we Sri Lankans transform this small Island country into a wealthy global hub like the way Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore . At least the next generation of Sri Lankans will have a better prosperous life that I and other Sri Lankans missed during our life time . During my visits to Singapore I used to visit Government, Institutions, take down notes, photograph and interact with people. Through the urban planning model Singapore has transformed from a city crowded with buildings to a clean eco-friendly City in a Garden. Singaporean independence campaigner Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore was the towering figure widely credited with molding the island nation into one of Asia’s wealthiest countries. What we can learn from the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew is the necessity of discipline, of self-control, and self-reliance. He crafted a legacy of encouraging foreign investment, averting corruption and emphasizing discipline, efficiency and interracial harmony?
Srimal Fernando - Global Editor