MCCY to provide secretariat support for Founders' Memorial committee

MCCY to provide secretariat support for Founders' Memorial committee
Minister Lawrence Wong has thrown his ministry's weight behind a committee that will examine ideas for a memorial to Singapore's founding fathers.

SINGAPORE - The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth has announced that his ministry will be providing secretariat support to a committee tasked to conceptualise a Founders' Memorial.

Mr Lawrence Wong said via Facebook on Wednesday that the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) will be supporting committee chair Mr Lee Tzu Yang and his team for the project.

He added that Mr Lee, who is chairman of the Esplanade, is a respected corporate leader and is "an excellent person to oversee this process of gathering views from the public, and conceptualising a possible Founders' Memorial".

"I've asked my Permanent Secretary to get in touch with him and do whatever we can to assist him in undertaking this important work," Mr Wong added.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said in Parliament on Monday that Mr Lee Tzu Yang was deeply moved by the outpouring of grief shown by the public when Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away.

PM Lee said then that the Founders' Memorial should stand for Singapore's ideals, values, hopes and aspirations.

"It must belong to all Singaporeans and mean something significant to us all. It should be a place where we and future generations can remember a key period in our history, reflect on the ideals of our founding fathers, and pledge to continue their work of nation building," he said.

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