Mr Prime Minister,
My wife and I are saddened to learn about the passing of your father, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
He was a great statesman, parliamentarian and a master of public policy. He was there at the time when Singapore was swarmed with numerous problems, ranging from domestic to international issues. He was there, just as Britain needed Winston Churchill during World War II – always taking a strategic and long term view of Singapore.
No one else has shaped modern Singapore more so than Lee Kuan Yew, since he became Prime Minister in 1959. He was a man of many seasons. He will live on in history, remaining for future generations the symbol of Singapore’s success.
His absence from our 50th National Day Parade later this year will be particularly poignant to us.
May we send your family and you our very deepest condolences, during this difficult time of grief.
CHIAM SEE TONG
Secretary-General, Singapore People’s Party (SPP)
24 March 2015