9. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Tribute To One Of Our Founding Fathers

On Father’s Day, I want to pay tribute to one of our founding fathers, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore.
I grew up during the hard times, a period of turmoil and civil unrest in the history of Singapore.

Our people were poor, mainly uneducated and of migrant stock.

I am a living witness of the harm that the extreme communists and other dissidents did to the nation.

At one point, they had enormous power in their hands and were not afraid to use them on the street.

They could have destroyed us just like what many toxic leaders have done to their countries.

Today, there are many romantic notions of these rebels and attempts to make a hero out of them.

I wish they know what life was like in the past. How our destiny could have gone down the tube with these dangerous people.

Mr Lee came on the scene when he and his team were not in power. Life was tough for them and for all of us.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew went into the gladiator’s arena to fight not for his life but for the country.

His enemies were stronger then and had support coming from different countries.

There were dark forces lurking behind shadows, manipulating many impressionable minds and agitating people at their worst instincts.

The battle had no rules. Nobody expected a fair fight.

It was more than a game of chance. It would be a fight to the last breath.

The prize was not for fame and glory but for the destiny of a people. A largely migrant people that were made up of more spectators than players, more observers than participants, and more critics than supporters.

That was the context of the battle.

It took a man of courage and street smartness to turn the tide. An iron hand to restore stability and engineer growth for our economy and society.

It took a strong leader to galvanize the energy of our people and channel it in the right direction and build on a dream.

It required great leadership to inspire a talented team of leaders to transform Singapore from an accidental country to become a first-world country.

It required a clean heart and mind to free oneself and the government from the clutches of corruption, abuse, and destruction.

It required effective vision, execution, and grit to turn a little red dot into one of the most admired countries in the world.

Thank God, we had Mr Lee Kuan Yew fighting on our side.

He was a man of our time and together with his team, he led us out of a dark period.

Along the way, he made many sacrifices for our nation.

He led us to victory and helped to bring forth a successful Singapore.

He is not perfect but his contributions have made a positive difference to our future.

I can’t think of another leader that could have done the same for us.

It took a man of courage and intelligence to turn the tide. An iron hand to restore stability and engineer the growth of our economy and society.

It took a strong leader to galvanize the people and channel their energy to build Singapore to become one of the most admired countries in the world.

As a politician, he took on his opponents in the courts of law, not a norm in western democracy but a necessity to ensure that our leaders have the moral authority to lead the country.

Libel suits are controversial but I prefer that honorable politicians press such charges rather than swing to the other extreme.

We have seen how many of the leaders in the western world were made to look like clowns in a circus and their political system became a mockery.

My take is that if another team of leaders had assumed power, they wouldn’t have made it any easier for the politicians who were on the opposite side of their camp.

Although political power was prone to abuse, Singapore has largely escaped from suffering detrimental effects such as corruption.

We were not led by self-serving politicians with unclean hands and systems.

After Mr Lee left us, the country continues to grow.

We can look forward to the future with a sense of hope and optimism.

That was how our history was made. Destiny crafted.

It happened because of one man and his team.

I’ll always be grateful and thankful for what Mr Lee and his team did for us.

I pray that we will never take our hard-won achievements for granted. Never believe for a moment that what we have built cannot be destroyed very quickly.

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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 https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/ For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/ Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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