MPs remember Mr Lee Kuan Yew: 'Mr Lee was a mentor'

MPs remember Mr Lee Kuan Yew: 'Mr Lee was a mentor'

Mr Christopher de Souza (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC), 39, on how Mr Lee played a mentoring role to younger MPs.

"Mr Lee knew that I was the youngest MP in the 2006 batch.

Although many do not know this, he would encourage me whenever the opportunity arose and remind (us) that what we do as MPs is worthwhile and lasting even though it is tough.

I had the opportunity to travel with Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs Lee to Indonesia and then to India, on official visits there.

In between the official meetings and calls, when it was just the Singapore delegation, he would ask over dinner or in the corridor or in his hotel room: Are you learning? How have you learnt? What have you learnt?

He was a mentor, and he encouraged.

Thank you, Mr Lee, for your personal encouragement. Thank you, Sir, for laying the foundations of the Singapore we have today."


This article was first published on March 27, 2015.
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