Letter to The Straits Times: Undying love for wife an inspiration
My letter on the above subject was published in The Straits Times on Wednesday 25th March 2015.
The flurry of tributes coming from Singaporeans and leaders all over the world shows beyond a shadow of doubt that Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a much loved politician and a dynamic leader who gave his life for Singapore.
Singapore’s first Prime Minister always stressed the importance of education and I still fondly remember the time when he visited my former school, St Andrews, in the 1960s, and inspired the students and teachers to give their very best.
Mr Lee often ruled with an iron fist, but he always used a velvet glove to reflect his caring nature towards his people and his family.
He transformed Singapore from a small trading island to a First World nation and brought on the economical miracle that has put this country on the world map and given all of us here a far better life. It was never an easy task as Mr Lee and his former Cabinet ministers had to fight the communists with true grit.
But undoubtedly, one of the virtues I have always admired about him was his dedication and commitment to his wife, the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo whom he loved so deeply – in good times and bad, taking the cue from the marriage vow which speaks of loving one’s spouse in sickness and in health, for better or worse.
Couples and those in relationships should learn from Mr Lee and emulate his values.
Raymond Anthony Fernando