Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lee Kuan Yew Reflection (Johanna Lim Ziyun)

Reflection questions
1) How was Mr Lee as a person?

  • He was a caring and a rather visionary person as he had a clear goal for Singapore to achieve. Other than that, the effort and determination he has put in to this country has no doubt brought Singapore to greater heights. Apart from that, he was committed and had a sense of neighbourliness among his people.
  • Based on past observation, I presume that he was a democratic and fair person, one who would stand up for what he believed in. Looking at his past speeches, it often evoked a warm feelings among citizens, in which he encouraged them; to allow the country to progress.

2) What are some of his values, beliefs and convictions that guided his actions and had an impact on his decisions?

  • Some of his beliefs include unifying all the races together, to make Singapore a multi-racial society. Other than that, he also believed in making the country a Clean and Green city, thus, he then planted trees over the years in Singapore. 
  • Other than that, he believed in each Singaporean learning 2 languages as he wanted a better education for all; so that in the future, we would benefit. It would also promote a sense of belonging to one's roots.

3) What are his key contributions to Singapore?

  • Some key contributions include forming the People’s Action Party in 1954, in which he acted as a legal adviser and negotiator representing postal workers who were fighting for better pay and working conditions. 
  • Another one would be leading the nation through a merger with the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. He fought for their release and ran a campaign against corruption in the 1959 elections for a Legislative Assembly. The PAP won by a landslide, and Mr Lee achieved what he had set out to do to make Singapore a self-governing country. He believed that building a common identity between individuals would propel them across racial and religious divides towards a common land. Part of this was making sure that people felt that they are wanted,a very important member of the family. He campaigned relentlessly and tirelessly for merger, speaking over the radio, and in almost every corner of Singapore. After an intense public contest, Mr Lee won and most Singaporeans voted in favour of the union with Malaysia. 
  • He allowed Singapore to be united by language as he believed that knowing one’s mother tongue would build a sense of belonging to one’s roots, and increase self-confidence and self-respect, thus he championed bilingualism. He believed in a better education for all, so that we may get a share of prosperity. 

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