MPs to suggest in Parliament ways to honour Mr Lee

MPs to suggest in Parliament ways to honour Mr Lee

Singapore's MPs will ask the Government on Monday, when Parliament sits, to consider ways to honour founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Among the suggestions are two from Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC).

The first is to have a Founder's Day "to provide Singaporeans the opportunity to remember the struggles of the country in the early years".

The other is to have Singapore notes and coins bear Mr Lee's image, a suggestion also made by Dr Lily Neo (Tanjong Pagar GRC), according to Parliament's Order Paper which lists questions that MPs have submitted for the session.

Both Dr Neo and Mr Ang Wei Neng (Jurong GRC) have also tabled questions for the Government to consider renaming Changi Airport after Mr Lee, who died on March 23, aged 91.

Acknowledging Mr Lee's reluctance, expressed when he was alive, to have himself immortalised in monuments or statues, Mr Ang said: "Mr Lee's work may indeed be everywhere, but it would be good to have something for later generations to see, feel and even touch - anything that would make it easier to tell our grandchildren about him."

Dr Neo, who worked with Mr Lee in Tanjong Pagar GRC, said that having Singapore's currency with his image would be in line with his legacy.

"Mr Lee prided himself on building a corruption-free nation. It would be good to look at our strong national currency and be reminded of this principle of his."

There has been an outpouring of grief, affection and gratitude by Singaporeans for Mr Lee since he died.

Long queues at a National Museum exhibition on Mr Lee's life and work had led to an extension of its closing date.

It will end on May 24 instead of April 26.

People have also come up with ideas on how to honour him.

An online petition to rename the airport after Mr Lee was handed to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Tuesday, with about 12,500 signatures.

Others have suggested turning his Oxley Road residence into a museum.

In all, 31 questions on various issues have been tabled for Monday's session.

Four Bills will also be introduced.

One is an amendment to the Monetary Authority of Singapore Act and will involve the regulation of financial institutions.

Another is an amendment to the Government Securities Act regarding the new Singapore Savings Bonds.

The Transport Ministry will introduce two Bills on regulatory frameworks to govern unmanned aircraft, such as drones, and third-party taxi booking service providers such as Uber and GrabTaxi.

rachelay@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on April 11, 2015.
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