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25 APR 2023  |  ISSUE 450

Dear Members and Friends

In just under 5 months’ time all of us in Singapore will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew on 16 September 2023. Not only was he Singapore’s founding Prime Minister and a man of values, he was the lead visionary of a remarkable team which believed in Singapore, deeply cared for the country and its people and fostered its economic success.

In his beautifully written obituary of Mr. Lee in 2015, Mr. Manu Bhaskaran referenced the epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Sir Christopher was the architect of the cathedral and his epitaph read: “Reader, if you seek a monument - look around you.” This same epitaph is so apposite in the case of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. His monument is all of Singapore and the institutions which he and his team designed to survive them and to serve us. It is right we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of a remarkable man, leader and public servant. The question is, how? Here are 2 ideas for you to consider:-

  1. As you know, education meant a lot to Mr. Lee. He believed in its power to inform, transform and uplift by being an agent of social mobility. The SBF Foundation is rallying the business community to donate to the Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund which will be administered by the Ministry of Education. Full details are available here and a donation form is available here. The government will match donations dollar for dollar up to a maximum of SGD 50 million.

  2. As you also know, Mr. Lee cared for nature and was one of the first voices to advocate for the greening of Singapore and the concept of a garden city. NPARKS, through its Garden City Fund, whose founding patron was Mr. Lee, enables you to support the ongoing work of keeping Singapore a green and pleasant land for us all. Visit for full details.

We hope you will find ways to commemorate this important anniversary. We’ll share our plans with you next month and look forward to hearing how you plan to commemorate LKY 100.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive

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