Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Birthday greetings to Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew is now 90years old, I think Lee Kuan Yew should be the world oldest MP in recent history. 16th September 2013 was Lee Kuan Yew's 90th birthday. Wish Lee Kuan Yew can live beyond 100 years old. United kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese former Vice-Premier Li Lanqing have sent congratulatory messages to former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who celebrates his 90th birthday today. Russia president Mr, Vladimir Putin also congratulate Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Vladimir Putin said Lee had "earned the greatest respect in international political and business circles".
Mr Putin also highlighted Mr Lee's personal contribution to Singapore-Russia ties and said he is confident they will be further strengthened in future.
Vietnam's Premier Nguyen Tan Dung commended Mr Lee's contributions in making Singapore a miracle of the region and the world.
He thanked Mr Lee for his valuable recommendations for Vietnam in the reform process and the promotion of close relations between both countries.
And in China, several artists from Beijing and Wuhan have created a stone sculpture art piece to be sent to Mr Lee.


Channel NewsAsia had also several world leaders share their thoughts on the occasion of Mr Lee's 90th birthday.
Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos said Mr Lee "has already established himself as a role model, as a leader of a small but I would say very influential developing country into what it is now, it is one of the so-called top-shear level countries in the world today. Singapore has become not only very rich but also has been able to preserve admirable national cohesion despite the diversity of the ethnic origins and cultures within Singapore."
In a recorded message, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Mr Lee a visionary and one of the greatest living statesmen of the world, who transformed Singapore and the way the world looks at Asia today.
Dr Singh said he has always benefited from the deep insight and inspiration of Mr Lee in taking forward India's relations with Singapore and ASEAN.
He added that it was because of Mr Lee's vision that Singapore became an intellectual, political and economic gateway for India to the dynamic Southeast and East Asian region.
In her birthday greetings, Queen Elizabeth II wrote: “Yours has been a most eventful life, inextricably interwoven with the history and development of your nation. It is notable that this year also marks the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence from the UK and I am delighted that the links between our countries remain so strong.”
 Ms Merkel also lauded Mr Lee’s achievements, noting that, for over 50 years, he has been “a decisive figure helping to shape Singapore’s destiny” and leading the country to peace and prosperity.
She said his “prudent policymaking” helped the Association of South-east Asian Nations become a “force for reconciliation and stability in Asia”, adding that Singapore will remain a “key partner for Germany in Asia”.
China’s Mr Li, who with then-Senior Minister Lee signed the landmark agreement on the Suzhou Industrial Park, also paid tribute to Singapore’s founding father, recognising his efforts in cementing bilateral relations between the two countries.
Separately, two conferences will be held this week in conjunction with Mr Lee’s birthday.
Today, the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is holding a conference at the Shangri-La Hotel to generate new insight into his ideas and “how they changed the course of history for Singapore, South-east Asia and the world”. Speakers at the conference include Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and former Senior Minister S Jayakumar.
On Wednesday, the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design will be hosting a conference entitled Lee Kuan Yew and the Physical Transformation of Singapore.
Jointly organised with the Centre for Liveable Cities, the conference will focus on Mr Lee’s role in the “spatial transformation of Singapore, from city planning, housing, greening and water management to the challenges for the future”. Speakers at the event include Dr Aline Wong, Academic Advisor for UniSIM, and Dr Liu Thai Ker, Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities.
SINGAPORE Parliament also having session for the birthday event. — Leader ofhe House Ng Eng Hen today (Sept 16) paid tribute in Parliament to former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s achievements — to a standing ovation from the House — which he described as “astonishing and without peer”. Dr Ng delivered the tribute — has been a member of the country’s legislature for 58 years, Dr Ng said: “For length of service alone, 58 years is a remarkable record.
“But it is what Mr Lee has accomplished for Singapore over that lifetime of service and struggle that is astonishing and without peer... Singapore “was not born into greatness, but hardship and poverty”. It was Mr Lee’s “singular mission and dedication” that steered the Republic to independence and transformed Singapore into a “modern and thriving metropolis...In lifting an entire nation, and improving countless lives of Singaporeans of several generations, Mr Lee Kuan Yew has left a lasting legacy for all of us, and achieved greatness.”
After the sitting, Members of Parliament (MPs) celebrated Mr Lee's birthday in the Members’ Room. The party included a short video from the Labour Movement featuring well wishes from workers.
MPs also presented Mr Lee with a birthday card and a nine-volume Chinese collection on his illustrious political career published by the National Archives and Cengage Learning Asia.
Separately in a Facebook post, Singapore President Tony Tan and his wife, Mrs Mary Tan, wished Mr Lee "joy and continued good health on his 90th birthday".
"Generations of Singaporeans have benefitted from Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s lifelong contributions towards creating the peaceful and prosperous Singapore that we know today. Mr Lee reminds us that Singapore is a constant work in progress as he continues to work tirelessly to secure our future even after more than five decades of public service," wrote Dr Tan.
Here is the full transcript of the tribute delivered in Parliament:
Madame Speaker and members of the House, thank you for allowing me to say a few words before Parliament adjourns on this special occasion. I say it is special because today, September 16, is the 90th birthday of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister.
An amazing fact is that Mr Lee has been a member of this country’s legislature for 58 years. Since 1955, when he was elected into the first legislative assembly of Singapore, Parliament’s predecessor, Singapore then was not even yet independent, and still a colony. For length of service alone, 58 years is a remarkable record. But it is what Mr Lee has accomplished for Singapore over that lifetime of service and struggle that is astonishing and without peer. I would not recount these accomplishments today, it is not possible to do so in a few minutes, and any attempt would commit an injustice. But I would, on behalf of all members, express our profound admiration and gratitude on Mr Lee’s birthday.
Shakespeare wrote: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”. Singapore was not born into greatness, but hardship and poverty. Mr Lee’s singular mission and dedication steered this country to independence and laid the very foundations that transformed Singapore into a modern and thriving metropolis. He forged the nation which today, is admired worldwide for its prosperity, harmony and stability. In lifting an entire nation, and improving countless lives of Singaporeans of several generations, Mr Lee Kuan Yew has left a lasting legacy for all of us, and achieved greatness. Madam Speaker and members of this house, I am delighted and honoured to be able to share this special occasion on his 90th birthday, with Mr Lee in this House. And he has made special efforts to be in this House, and I think, against doctor’s advice. All MPs wish him happiness and continued good health. Happy Birthday!

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