SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's remarks about the late veteran public servant and businessman Tang I-Fang are truly fitting ("Tang I-Fang a man ahead of his time: PM"; last Saturday).
Long before anyone could imagine that Jurong would become the buzzing commercial centre that it is today, Mr Tang already had plans to build a regional centre there.
As it turned out, Singapore was hit by a severe recession and the plans were shelved.
Besides being a visionary, Mr Tang was a boss who never lost his temper despite the challenges he faced. He was the ultimate gentleman.
As a fresh graduate and junior civil servant, I was once summoned to Mr Tang's office over a business report I wrote.
I was terrified because I was new to the workforce and lacked experience in writing detailed reports.
When I arrived at Mr Tang's office, I was astounded by the warmth of his greeting. He looked me in the eye, shook my hands, smiled warmly at me and poured a cup of his favourite brew - hot jasmine tea - for me. Then he gave me a short and impactful lesson on effective business writing.
This happened some 30 years ago but his words have stayed with me, and I have repeated them many times as I trained my staff and, later, students on how to write good business reports.