Message For The “Tribute To Mr Lee Kuan Yew” @ Shine Auditorium, 26 March 2015

This week, my spirit has been crushed.

My heart sunk to a deep and dark abyss.

Our Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew is no longer with us. He’s gone forever.

We will not hear his words anymore.

We will not see him again.

We grieve for the loss.

We miss him.

I’m at a loss for the right words to pay tribute to him.

What words can be used to convey our love for a man who has given his whole life for us.

What words can be used to mourn a great loss for you, for me, for Singapore and for the world at large.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew once said, “At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore.

“What have I given up?

“My life.”

What words can be used to celebrate his spirit of purpose, his sacrifice, his determination, and his achievement.

I read in the newspaper that he was working with his red box until the 4th of February 2015.

The red box was a briefcase for his work. It contains materials of his project at any time.

He gave himself to Singapore.

He was working right till the very last day, the day before he was admitted into the hospital.

Today we are proud to say, “I am a Singaporean” partly because of him.

We can hold our red passport with pride and joy.

It’s a symbol of admiration all over the world because of what he and his team has done for us.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew spent his life promoting unity in this country.

In his death, the unity was demonstrated by tens of thousands, regardless of race, language or religion.

They queued hours after hours to see him for the last time.

They queued under the hot sun, many with no consideration for food and water.

They queued to show their love, their gratitude, and their admiration for him.

In his death, we saw many Singaporeans uniting ourselves as One Nation. One people. One Singapore.

A heavy curtain has fallen.

The candle flame is gone.

Music turned into silence.

The baton has been passed to all of us.

In Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s words about Singapore:

“This is not a game of cards. This is your life and mine.

“I’ve spent a whole lifetime building this and as long as I’m in charge, nobody is going to knock it down…”

Yes Sir!

A new chapter has begun…

Together, we can, we should, and we must make sure that nobody, and I mean nobody is going to knock down our bright little red dot.

We will be committed as a people. We will create a better dream.

We will rise up again and again. We will overcome challenges.

We will fight on and on. We will craft a better future for our children and children’s children.

I think that’s how Mr Lee wants us to remember him. That’s how we honour his legacy.

Farewell Sir.

We will not have you anymore in our midst but you live on in our heart.



About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. 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