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Tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew (MOE)

  1. The Legacy of Mr Lee Kuan Yew 16 Sep 1923 – 23 Mar 2015 UPPER PRIMARY
  2. Let’s share our experiences and feelings
  3. Mr Lee’s Red Box What’s in the box?
  4. The World What did world leaders say about him?
  5. United States of America United Kingdom Tributes from around the world India China IndonesiaMalaysia
  6. “…will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore...” President of the United States of America Mr Barack Obama
  7. “…was always a friend to Britain…and many British Prime Ministers benefited from his wise advice, including me.” Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Mr David Cameron
  8. “ … old friend of the Chinese people.” President of the People’s Republic of China Mr Xi Jinping
  9. “A far-sighted statesman and a lion among leaders...” Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi
  10. “…a great statesman who loved his people, he was also one of the most influential politicians in Asia.” President of Indonesia Mr Joko Widodo
  11. “…Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s achievements were great and his legacy is assured...” Prime Minister of Malaysia Mr Najib Razak
  12. Singaporeans remember him…
  13. “He made me a proud Singaporean.” Former Prime Minister & ESM, Mr Goh Chok Tong
  14. Student Ong Yi Teck
  15. “The greatest tribute that Singaporeans can pay him is … to make Singapore an even better home.” President Tony Tan
  16. Reflections 1. Which tribute was the most meaningful to me? Why? 2. What can I do to show my love for my nation, just as Mr Lee Kuan Yew did? 3. What can I do to make my country a better home?
  17. We will keep our flag flying high …

Editor's Notes

  • Photo courtesy of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

    Note to teacher
    This lesson is a follow-up from the first JIT resource materials on Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, where students learnt about:
    Mr Lee as a person;
    his contributions to Singapore; and
    the attitudes and values that guided him in his work towards nation-building. 
    Tributes have poured in from Singaporeans and the rest of the world. Through this lesson, students will:
    be inspired by Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s commitment to serve our nation; 
    consider his impact on Singaporeans and others; and
    reflect on how they can build on Mr Lee’s legacy and contribute to our nation.
    You may wish to customise these materials according to the needs of your students.

    References for teacher
    For regular updates:
    Official Remembering Lee Kuan Yew Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RememberingLeeKuanYew
    Instagram @RememberingLeeKuanYew
    Official website http://www.RememberingLeeKuanYew.sg/
    Video clips of interviews and tributes
    Channel NewsAsia http://www.channelnewsasia.com/
  • Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Note to teacher
    Get students into groups to discuss what they have seen, heard or done since the passing of Singapore’s first Prime Minister.

    Encourage the groups to share their experiences with the class, and how they are feeling during this period.

    Share PM Lee’s national address on the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on 23 Mar 2015. It can be found at this link: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/rememberingleekuanyew/news/pm-lee-i-am-grieved/1733698.html

  • Photo Courtesy of the Ministry of Communications and Information

    Note to teacher
    Ask pupils if they have heard about the red box and what it meant for Mr Lee. Share with them Minister Heng’s write-up on the red box.
    It can be downloaded from his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hengsweekeat/posts/870264306345429:0
    Share some of the excerpts of Mr Lee’s life from Minister Heng’s Facebook post.

    Get students to share which of these stories about Mr Lee they enjoyed the most and why.

    Additional information:
    Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, served as Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Principal Private Secretary. He tells the story about Mr Lee’s red box which was a large, boxy briefcase, about fourteen centimetres wide. This red box held what Mr Lee was working on at any one time. Through the years, it held his papers, speech drafts, letters, readings, and a whole range of questions, reflections, and observations.

  • Photo courtesy of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

    Note to teacher
    Share with pupils the other tributes about Mr Lee from world leaders.
  • Note to teacher
    Show pupils that tributes came from many parts of the world such as United States of America, United Kingdom, India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Note to teacher
    Ask: Why did US President Obama describe Mr Lee as “the father of modern Singapore”?

    Share that Mr Lee and his team of capable and honest men were responsible for building Singapore into a country that it is today - prosperous and peaceful.
  • Source: David Cameron official by Unknown from the 10 Downing Street Website. Licensed under OGL via Wikimedia Commons.

    Note to teacher
    Ask: What do you think Prime Minister Cameron meant when he called Mr Lee “a friend to Britain”? What do friends do?

    Share that Mr Lee was a very intelligent man, well-read and knew a lot about Asia and the world. He gave advice to many Prime Ministers in United Kingdom. As a friend, he helped them to understand Asia better.
  • Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Note to teacher
    China’s President Xi Jinping also calls Mr Lee a friend. Ask: What do we learn about Mr Lee?

    Share that Mr Lee taught us it is important for Singapore to be friends with different countries so that we can help and learn from one another.
  • Photo courtesy of the High Commission of India in Singapore.

    Note to teacher
    Ask: What does the phrase “a lion among leaders” mean? Why do you think he describes Mr Lee as “a lion among leaders”?

    Share that Mr Lee was a courageous man who was not afraid to do what was right. He is highly regarded among the leaders in Asia and the rest of the world.


  • Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Note to teacher
    Ask: Why was Mr Lee a great statesman?

    Share that Mr Lee loved his people and he did the best to his ability. People respected him because he was not tempted by money and power. He did everything for the love of Singapore.

  • Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Note to teacher
    Ask: What legacy did Mr Lee leave for all of us?

  • Photo courtesy of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

    Note to teacher
    Invite pupils to take a few minutes to reflect on how the world leaders have used to describe Mr Lee.
  • Photo courtesy of Telok Kurau Primary School.

    Note to teacher
    Share with pupils that Singaporeans also respect Mr Lee highly.

    Show the next slide on what some Singaporeans have shared about Mr Lee.
  • Note to teacher
    Read the tributes from Singaporeans.
  • Note to teacher
    Read the tributes from Singaporeans.
  • Photos courtesy of Ong Yi Teck.

    Note to teacher
    Explain to pupils that a student by the name of Ong Yi Teck paid tribute to Mr Lee by doing a portrait made off the name Lee Kuan Yew written 18 000 times. Yi Teck took 15 hours to complete the drawing.

    As he drew the picture, it reminded him that Singapore’s success was due to Mr Lee’s dedication and perseverance.

  • Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Note to teacher
    Highlight that as citizens of Singapore, we all have a role to play in the future of our nation, in protecting it and in helping it to flourish and prosper. People are our nation’s only resource. Our dreams to make our lives better will determine the future of Singapore.
  • Note to teacher
    Get students to reflect individually on:
    Which tribute was the most meaningful to me? Why?
    What can I do to show my love for my nation, just as Mr Lee Kuan Yew did?
    What can I do to make my country a better home?

    Have them express their ideas through words or drawings or any other creative means.

  • Photo courtesy of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

    Encourage pupils to watch the State Funeral Service which will be broadcast live on television on Sunday at 2pm with their family and friends.

    Note to teacher
    With the passing of Mr Lee, the Prime Minister has declared a period of National Mourning from 23 March (Monday) to 29 March (Sunday).
    As a mark of respect for the late Mr Lee, the State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast during this period.
    Mr Lee’s body is lying in state at Parliament House from 25 Mar (Wednesday) to 28 Mar (Saturday), for the public to pay their respects.
    The lying in state at Parliament House will be open 24 hours daily from today until 28 Mar 2015, 8.00pm.
    A State Funeral Service will be held at 2pm on 29 Mar (Sunday) at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.
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