In an extensive interview to CNBC ahead of his trip to the USA, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, said that the voice of Lee Kuan Yew can be imagined in their heads. Mr Lee Kuan Yew is the father of PM Lee and the first Prime Minister of Singapore. PM Lee’s trip to the USA is his first since the inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the United States of Singapore.
In his speech Mr Lee also said that his father’s old speeches are often read to check if his worldviews are still relevant in the present, and find that they are.
“(Christine Tan) CT: It’s been more than two years since your father, the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, passed away. What’s life like, for you, post Lee Kuan Yew?
PM Lee: Well. Life goes on. I think Mr. Lee prepared well for the day when he would not be here, and he made sure that Singapore would be able to go on without him. He handed over as Prime Minister in 1990. 25 years before he died. So I think we miss him, we think of him often, we read his old speeches and we say, “well, that’s still relevant to us today.” The way he puts it still has a ring to it. At the same time, we have to build on that and move forward, because if we just remained with what he had imagined and what he had done and nothing more, I think he’d have been very disappointed.
CT: If he were alive today, what advice do you think he would have given you?
PM Lee: I think he would have said, “Press on, move on. Don’t be looking at the rear view mirror. Remember what has happened, understand how you got here, but look forward and press forward.”
CT: You can hear his voice in your head?
PM Lee: (laughs) Yes, we can imagine that.”
Earlier in the year, Dr Lee Wei Ling, the younger sister of PM Lee had alleged that her brother was attempting to build a “Lee family cult”. PM Lee has refuted her allegations.
Read the full transcript of PM Lee’s interview here: CNBC Transcript: Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore