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

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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