Statement by PM Lee Hsien Loong on the Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SM Lee Hsien Loong | 23 March 2015

Statement By Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Founding Prime Minister of Singapore, on 23 March 2015.


Good morning my fellow Singaporeans

I am deeply saddened to tell you that Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away peacefully this morning at the Singapore General Hospital.  

Let me say a few words in Malay and Mandarin.


Dengan berat hati dan penuh hiba, saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa Encik Lee Kuan Yew telah meninggal dunia pagi ini. Encik Lee adalah Perdana Menteri pertama Singapura. Beliau telah mengabdikan dirinya dan seluruh jiwaraganya untuk Singapura. Beliau membangunkan Negara ini dari mula dan berjuang untuk kemerdekaan kita. Kepintarannya mencari jalan keluar dan keberaniannya yang tidak menyerah kalah, menjadi tunggak kejayaan Singapura.

Kita kehilangan seorang tokoh yang telah memimpin kita, menjadi sumber inspirasi kita dan menyatupadukan kita. Walaupun kita berdukacita dengan pemergian Encik Lee, ayuh kita menjunjung dan meraikan semangat, serta sumbangan beliau. Marilah kita teruskan usaha membangunkan Singapura dan memperkukuh masyarakat berbilang bangsa dan agama kita  yang beliau perjuangkan sepanjang hayatnya.

Semoga mendiang Encik Lee tenang bersemadi.







The first of our founding fathers is no more. He inspired us, gave us courage, kept us together, and brought us here. He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another man like him.

To many Singaporeans, and indeed others too, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore. As Prime Minister, he pushed us hard to achieve what had seemed impossible. After he stepped down, he guided his successors with wisdom and tact. In old age, he continued to keep a watchful eye on Singapore. 

Singapore was his abiding passion. He gave of himself, in full measure, to Singapore. As he himself put it towards the end of his life and I quote: “I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country.  There’s nothing more that I need to do.  At the end of the day, what have I got?  A successful Singapore.  What have I given up?  My life.”

I am grieved beyond words at the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I know that we all feel the same way.  But even as we mourn his passing, let us also honour his spirit. Let us dedicate ourselves as one people to build on his foundations, strive for his ideals, and keep Singapore exceptional and successful for many years to come.

May Mr Lee Kuan Yew rest in peace.

Terima kasih.  谢谢。Thank you. 



Translation of Malay Statement

I am deeply saddened to inform you that Mr Lee Kuan Yew has passed away. Mr Lee was Singapore’s founding Prime Minister. He had dedicated his whole life for Singapore. He built a nation where there was none, and fought tenaciously for Singapore’s independence. His indomitable courage and resourcefulness carried the day on many critical occasions, and laid the foundations of Singapore’s success. 

We have lost the man who had led us, inspired us, and united us. As we mourn Mr Lee’s passing, let us also honour his spirit and his life’s work. Let us continue building Singapore, strengthening our multi-racial and multi-religious society, and standing together as one united people, something which he had fought for, all his life.

May Mr Lee Kuan Yew rest in peace.

Translation of Chinese Statement

Today, we lost our beloved leader, founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew.  Mr Lee is irreplaceable in our hearts.  He has a special bond with Singaporeans and was well loved by them. When he was hospitalised, people from all walks of life showed their care and encouragement in different ways.  This was of great comfort to Mr Lee and my family.  On behalf of my family, I would like to convey our sincere appreciation for your good wishes.

Singapore’s survival was Mr Lee’s greatest concern throughout his life.  He dedicated himself to Singapore, uniting us as one people and motivating us to be self-reliant.  He took us from Third World to the First, building a home that we can be proud of.  His passing is a great loss to Singapore and my family.

In this moment of grief, let us always remember Mr Lee’s contributions.  The best way to honour him would be to carry on his life’s passion, and stay as one united people to keep Singapore, prosperous and strong.

May you rest in peace, Mr Lee!

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