Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Singapore

Kyiv 10:32

Farewell to you Mr Lee Kuan Yew

29 March 2015, 12:01

Dear Ukrainians of Singapore,

On Sunday, 29 March 2015 at 4 pm entire Singapore will halt for a moment to bid the last farewell to its founder Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, who completed his life journey on 23 March.

More than 1.2 million people for four consecutive days spend hours querying kilometers to bow as according the ritual in respect to the man whom the young Singaporean nation without coercion and deceit names its Father.

In September 2010, I happened to accompany Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was on his visit to Kyiv. What he advised to the then leaders of Ukraine, only now, a year after we won genuine independence, gradually began to be implemented. The things delivered then were seemingly simple meanwhile prophetic: define several priority reforms and act decisively; launch fight against corruption; make English your second language.

To our misfortune, the seeds of common sense, which Mr. Lee pursued all his life, fell on the soil thirsty for profit.

Today, in the second successive year of the Russian-terrorist war against us, the Ukrainian society must not allow its servants in power to evade the demands of the Maidan, to neglect the slogans of the Revolution of Dignity, to forget the sacrifice of the Heavenly Hundred. Today, speeches of our politicians and the media materials are interspersed with quotations of the Singapore's experience of reforms and counter corruption successes. Today it has become a matter of pride reading Mr Lee Kuan Yew's Memoirs in the original.

Mr. Lee so powerfully lit the Singapore star: this tiny island nation has globalized itself within fifty years only, generated numerous examples of successful development, multiplied wealth of its inhabitants; its security and business conditions, education and medicine attracted many of you, my countrymen.

So, on hearing the Singapore Civil Defence Force sounds the siren, let us join Singaporeans in honouring the outstanding son of Singapore and its founding father, let us remember at this moment that Mr Lee Kuan Yew believed in us and shared a part of himself with our Mother-Ukraine.

Respectfully to everyone of you,

Pavlo Sultansky


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