Former US Secretary of State reveals something not many know about Lee Kuan Yew

Former US Secretary of State reveals something not many know about Lee Kuan Yew
Mr Henry Kissinger, a US close contact of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, paid his last respects in Parliament House on March 28, 2015.

SINGAPORE - Dr Henry Kissinger, who was US Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977, was a close personal friend of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who died Mar 23 at the age of 91.

In a video posted on Facebook by the US Embassy Singapore, he is asked to reveal one thing about Singapore's founding Prime Minister that not many would know about.

Here is what Dr Kissinger said:

"Well I think Lee Kuan Yew was a great man. I had the great fortune of becoming a personal friend, and we saw each other many, many times. He stayed at my house, and I've often visited Singapore. There was never a month when we weren't talking to each other. So, I will miss him, but more important, the world will miss him.

"Lee Kuan Yew was a very meticulous person. So before I came to Singapore, he'd send me the menu of the meals that he was going to offer me and give me a chance to comment. That if I didn't like it, that I could change. And that's never happened to me. That's never happened to me anywhere.

"But I think what he said, what he seemed to be, it's what he was.

"He was committed to Singapore, and he was committed to an international world in which small countries could survive. He went around the world preaching this, and he succeeded."

 
Henry Kissinger: The world will miss Lee Kuan Yew

Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State (1973-1977), was a close personal friend of Lee Kuan Yew's. We asked him to tell us one thing about Singapore's founding Prime Minister that not many would know about. Find out what Dr. Kissinger says.

Posted by U.S. Embassy Singapore on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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