Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

The British Chamber of Commerce is deeply saddened by the passing of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Chamber President Hugo Walkinshaw offers his condolences to Mr Lee Kuan Yew's family on behalf of everyone at the Chamber and the British Business community. 

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He was a man with great vision and grit.


On 8th January 2004, we were honoured to host an evening with Late Mr Lee to celebrate the Chamber’s 50th anniversary celebrations. In his speech on Singapore-UK relations, Mr Lee noted that British traders from the East India Company laid the foundations of modern Singapore. It was then that he spoke of Singapore’s keenness to establish an EU-Singapore free trade agreement. His vision came to fruition in October 2014.



This morning, Prime Minister David Cameron said “Lee Kuan Yew personally shaped Singapore in a way that few people have any nation. He made his country into one of the great success stories of our modern world. That Singapore is today a prosperous, secure and successful country is a monument to his decades of remarkable public service. He was always a friend to Britain, if sometimes a critical one, and many British Prime Ministers benefited from his wise advice, including me.”


I could not agree more. Today, Singapore is the Launchpad of choice into the region and the de-facto financial hub of Asia. The British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore, has witnessed Singapore’s astonishing growth through the years. The Chamber has been a catalyst in forging strong and sustainable business ties between Singapore and the UK; whether in the fields of energy and utilities, financial services, info-comm technology, the creative industries, property and construction, shipping, logistics and transport or small businesses, it is clear that the bond between the Chamber and Singapore runs deep.


Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s wisdom and leadership will continue to impart valuable lessons to everyone. We extend our deepest condolence to his family and Singapore during this sad time. 



- Hugo Walkinshaw

   President, British Chamber of Commerce



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