24
March
2015
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Asia/Singapore

A giant amongst men – SIT holds memorial service for Singapore’s founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) held a memorial service at SIT@Dover on 24 March in honour of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father.

There was a minute of silence observed at the memorial service, which was live-streamed to students at various SIT buildings islandwide. The memorial service also included a video tribute to celebrate the life of Mr Lee.

 
Around 280 SIT staff and students gathered at noon at Auditorium, SIT@Dover on 24 March to honour the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father. Photo | SIT
 
Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT, acknowledging the myriad contributions made by former Prime Minister Lee during his speech. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
Chan Wing Leong, Deputy President (Administration) & Chief Financial Officer, SIT, hailed Mr Lee as “the greatest Singaporean who’s ever lived”. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
Gerry Wee, Director, Estates, SIT, recounting his experience as an architect at the Istana during Mr Lee’s term as Prime Minister. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
T. Raja Segar, Director, Academic Analysis and Planning, SIT, praised Mr Lee’s policies that sought to establish equal treatment of the minority communities in Singapore. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
Gina Ho Shujun, Assistant Manager, Office of Vice President, External Relations, SIT, said in her moving remembrance speech: “I may not have been there when he proclaimed ‘Merdeka!’. But today, I am reaping the rewards that he had put in.” (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
Ong Wen Hui, a Newcastle University undergraduate, said that one of the biggest legacies which Mr Lee has left for Singapore was the implementation of bilingualism in the country’s education system. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
Ng Yat Chung, Chairman, Board of Trustees, SIT, sharing with the audience the takeaways from his interactions with the founding father of modern-day Singapore. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
A video tribute to the late Mr Lee was screened during the Memorial Service which was live-streamed to staff and students at various SIT buildings island wide. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
Members of the audience looking back on the milestones in Mr Lee’s life during the memorial service. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
A minute silence was observed in memory of the founding father of modern-day Singapore. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT
 
The memorial service ended with the singing of Singapore’s national anthem, Majulah Singapura. (24 March 2015) Photo | SIT

Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT, said in his opening address: “Mr Lee led a heroic life. His legacy reverberates through the life of every Singaporean, and the differences he made are felt deeply in the far regions of the world. Apart from his family and friends, his greatest love was indubitably Singapore; a nation that he grew, nurtured and pruned to what it is today. His life was the stuff of legends and his work as Singapore’s founding father will never be extinguished from memory.”

Ng Yat Chung, Chairman, Board of Trustees, SIT, who also took to the rostrum to deliver a remembrance speech, recalled his interactions with Mr Lee. He said: “When you interact with him, you receive an education.”

Chan Wing Leong, Deputy President (Administration) & Chief Financial Officer, SIT, likened Mr Lee to the “greatest Singaporean who’s ever lived”. Adding that Mr Lee would be greatly missed, Chan said: “Everything that you like about Singapore, everything that inspires you here; Mr Lee had had a hand in it.”

For Ong Wen Hui, an undergraduate reading a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food & Human Nutrition at Newcastle University (NU), Mr Lee has truly left behind an enormous legacy for the younger generation. She said: “He had done a great job in implementing compulsory bilingualism in Singapore which has allowed us to make our mark internationally.”

Indeed, Mr Lee’s pivotal role in transforming Singapore into a global city will be remembered for posterity.

Up till 28 March, SIT staff and students are welcome to write their messages of condolences and remembrances at the Tribute Room, which is located next to Auditorium, SIT@Dover.

Meanwhile, Mr Lee’s body will lie in state at Parliament House from 25 to 28 March, for the public to pay their respects. Those who wish to pay their last respects at Parliament House can do so from 10am to 8pm daily from Wednesday to Saturday.

A State Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm on 29 March at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.