Lee Kuan Yew keeps tradition of planting a tree at Tanjong Pagar's annual Tree Planting Day

Lee Kuan Yew keeps tradition of planting a tree at Tanjong Pagar's annual Tree Planting Day
Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (white, centre) at Tanjong Pagar GRC's annual Tree Planting Day, together with (from left of row of seats) former Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Koo Tsai Kee (in pale green), Tanjong Pagar GRC MPs Chia Shi-Lu, Lily Neo, Chan Chun Sing, who is also Minister for Social and Family Development, and Indranee Rajah, who is also Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education.

SINGAPORE - On June 16, 1963, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted a Mempat tree at Farrer Circus - marking the start of an island-wide tree planting campaign.

Fifty-one years on, Mr Lee continued the tradition by planting a sea teak tree at Bukit Merah View on Sunday.

Mr Lee has planted a tree every year since 1963. Over the past five decades, he has planted more than 60 trees in Singapore.

He was joined by MPs from Mr Lee's Tanjong Pagar GRC - Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education; Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development; Dr Lily Neo and Dr Chia Shi-Lu.

The event marked the annual Tree Planting Day for Tanjong Pagar GRC and Radin Mas SMC.

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