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Ms Sun on Mr Lee’s legacy: I am a product of the late 1970s. At the edge of G安瑟十三en X, not quite Gen Y.


Those in my generation have parents who are part of the “grateful old” – a term I coined not to offend, b赤身之约ut in recognition of the fact that they had witnessed the transition from what was to what is under the rule of the PAP.


But my peers and I grew up in a different era. We read English literature and watched American sitcoms. For us, leaders are not idolised, change is openly embraced and alternative opinions are often taken to be “cool” and to be a sign that one has personality.


As we entered the workforce, we heard phrases like “Lee dynasty” and “false democracy”.


Suddenly, it was deemed intellectual for one to have another opinion about the man behind the Singapore Story.


Human rights and freedom of the press were 毕业生薪酬排行榜,李光耀离世四周年!孙燕姿回想她竟曾让国父落泪,LEGOpressing issues of the day for my g下运河风情eneration – not wealth or capitalism. Mr Nelson Mandela won universal reverence, as did Ms Aung San Suu Kyi. What about Mr Lee Kuan Yew?


In the midst of this, I remembered my father’s advice, that I should always strive to have a mind of my own.


I believed it took special insi乱乱ght, otherwise known as wisdom, that comes only with time, to pass judgments毕业生薪酬排行榜,李光耀离世四周年!孙燕姿回想她竟曾让国父落泪,LEGO or form opinions. More so on a man. I remained circumspect then.


Today, I do not see myself as a direct result of Mr Lee’s exceptional accomplishments. I do, however, look to the people whom I love the most as living testimonials of his legac


My mother once lived in what was effe学校风流ctively an illegal opium den, but later moved into a beautiful 全木海视频HUDC apartment by working long hours and walking home to save on 25-cent bus trips.


My father was小柜钱包hed dishes to pay for his doctoral studies, but later co辛艾萨莉之心uld afford to take us on holidays to Malaysia and eventually New Zealand.


Eventually, my son will have a shot at making it to the best university in Asia.

He will be able to afford an HDB flat on his own and will enjoy beautiful greenery and waterways wherever he chooses to work or live in Singapore.


He will not have to worry constantly about air pollution, cl翡翠鼻祖龙宝宝ean water and two-hour-long traffic jams. And he will be secure in the knowledge that hard work, good ethic婚途陌爱s and a good education will get him somewhere.


Perhaps these have come to be taken as basic expectations of many of my fellow Singaporrct460eans. But these are needs that I have decided are important to me and my loved ones, now and for the future.


I remember vividly毕业生薪酬排行榜,李光耀离世四周年!孙燕姿回想她竟曾让国父落泪,LEGO my meetings with Mr Lee. Some were formal and austere, rather quiet and awkward – or at least in my imagination. But there were also fleeting moments 毕业生薪酬排行榜,李光耀离世四周年!孙燕姿回想她竟曾让国父落泪,LEGOof intimaeroticaxte friendliness and genuine warmth.

我清楚地记住我每一次与李光耀先生的碰头。有时是正式场合,有时是安静带点为难的 – 或许仅仅我自己想像是为难的。可是我每次都能感遭到他带来一丝真挚的温暖。

It was hard to not be in awe of this man. I remember thinking to myself: This must be what it feels like to be a fan.


I remember one incident when we were to be photographed together. As I kept a respectful distance, he impatiently asked me to move closer to him.


Another time, he was in good spirits and asked me jovially who was the lucky man whom I was married to.


I like a smiling Harry. (This is how I address him – a rather rude way, I know, to speak to the founding father of Singapore, and therefore, I do it only in private.)



It felt like a very precious moment for me.


I remember singing his wife’s favourite song, Que Sera Sera, at the Business China Awards in 2011, not long after her demise. (Senior Minister of Sta张紫妍生前被逼玩5pte) Josephine Teo later told me in private that she saw tears in his eyes.

我记住在李光耀夫人去世不久,我在2011年互易商货我国演出唱了李光耀夫人独爱的的Que Sera Sera。杨莉明(高档国务部长)后来暗里告诉我,在我演唱时,她看到了李光耀的眼里含着泪水。

That was probably one of my proudest moments as a singer.


孙燕姿 写于2015年