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ESM Goh Chok Tong: Mr Lee Kuan Yew gave his life to us

An emotional Goh Chok Tong gave the third eulogy of the afternoon and remembered Mr Lee Kuan Yew as his teacher.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh said: "Mr Lee was a great teacher. He was always scanning the future, anticipating challenges, pre-empting problems, and thinking out solutions."

 

 

Mr Goh, who succeeded Mr Lee as Prime Minister, referred to him as a resource and data bank. Yet, he added, Mr Lee "made it clear that the decision was mine to make".

He added: "I valued Mr Lee's advice when he was Senior Minister in my cabinet. He sought to understand my thinking and objectives, and suggested refinements, and sometimes alternatives, to my policies and programmes."

 

Mr Goh also said that Mr Lee was a "worrier". 

Said Mr Goh: "He worried incessantly whether Singapore would survive after he and the Old Guard were gone.

"We shared many common concerns, including the emerging trend of income stratification and social fragmentation. He worried about almost every aspect of Singapore."

Mr Goh also recalled how "lonely and sad" Mr Lee was after his the death of his wife, Geok Choo.

 

 

 

 

 

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