New 9-volume Chinese series on Mr Lee launched

New 9-volume Chinese series on Mr Lee launched

SINGAPORE has not yet reached the limits of its development, but is at a turning point, said former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew to the team behind a new publication on his life launched on Monday.

"Singapore can develop further or it can go on a downward spiral," he said, when asked whether Singapore has exhausted its growth potential.

The interview with Mr Lee on his thoughts as he turns 90 is one highlight of the new Chinese publication, titled Singapore Chose Lee Kuan Yew.

The nine-volume series, produced by Cengage Learning Asia and the National Archives of Singapore, is a selection of his speeches, interviews and dialogues on themes such as nation- building, international affairs, and his family and colleagues.

The publication was put together by a team of veteran Chinese journalists led by Mr Seng Han Thong (Ang Mo Kio GRC), who is a former deputy chief editor of Lianhe Zaobao. In his interview with them, Mr Lee reveals that at 90, he does not worry too much about Singapore. The nation is in the good hands of a younger generation of leaders, he said.

Asked for his biggest wish for Singapore, he hopes it will continue to have peace, stability and advancement. As for himself, he said: "I never thought I would live to be 90. I do not know how many more years I have to live."

On his political career which spans over half a century, Mr Lee said politics is a duty and a calling, not just a job.

While his digestion and energy are not what they used to be, he said he continues to head to work every day as it is important to be passionate about life. "We have to look forward to tomorrow - that's how life can go on."

In launching the collection yesterday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said Mr Lee's voice comes through clearly in it. "It is a voice not of political correctness but a voice of absolute conviction and... utter devotion to a single purpose."

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