MPs remember Mr Lee Kuan Yew: 'Always cared for workers'

Mr Seng Han Thong (Ang Mo Kio GRC) on Mr Lee Kuan Yew's concern for workers.

"In 2003, when Sars broke out, he knew that I was associated with the taxi associations, and was the first one to send me an e-mail.

He wanted to know what the association was doing to help the taxi drivers, and he said if we need his help, he would try his best to help.

He said: "I can help you to send a message to all the taxi drivers."

So, we got a message signed by him, and we passed on this message to all the taxi drivers, telling them what they must pay attention to.

So, we can see that he was very concerned about workers' welfare. He often met the union leaders.

He saw a greater purpose, which is to bring better jobs for Singapore workers, and better lives for Singaporeans.

The Industrial Relations Bill and the Employment Bill in 1968, he was the main driver behind them."


This article was first published on March 27, 2015.
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