The softest part of MM Lee has always been with his wife

Lee Kuan Yew (l), Kwa Geok Choo (r)

[ . Lee Kuan Yew & Kwa Geok Choo. Cambridge years, 1948]

There’s been an unusual outpour of sentiment from Singaporeans. A grief both personal and national laid across pages. Mrs Lee Kuan Yew passed away on 2 Oct 2010 11 weeks before her 90th birthday. She was our nation’s metaphorical First Lady, an equal to the man who headed Singapore’s tumultous independence and growth.

Tribute continues to flow, memories for a quiet force beside MM Lee. From the audience: a rush of warmth for a woman always seen, but not heard in recent years. And, a sudden inspired admiration for the couple behind the stern patriarchal image that is our Minister Mentor.


Danesh’s letter which i found both apt and touching.

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew,

My condolences. I’m not aware of the details of your day-to-day personal life but one thing was apparent to me, and most likely the rest of the world – the mutual love, respect and devotion you and your wife had for each other.

With the deep affection you had for each other, her passing must be tough.

As you move on with what you must do, I pray to my God for strength, comfort and the peace to accept what is inevitable for all of us. I pray for comfort from your loved ones and friends and your continued vigour and focus on your work.

The relationship your wife and yourself showed us is inspiring and endearing.

Thank you for modelling that for us.



Lee Kuan Yew (l), Kwa Geok Choo (r)

Lee Kuan Yew, Kwa Geok Choo


5 thoughts on “The softest part of MM Lee has always been with his wife

  1. Thanks for crediting me. Much appreciated. Whatever one may think of MM LKY, it must be a very difficult time for him now.

    Yep, he was a hard, harsh man for a period but we are all human and his humanity is brought to the fore by his wife. Lest we forget…

  2. You’re welcome! Looking through people’s thoughts on Mrs Lee’s passing, i enjoyed the appreciative reflection yours was.. will you be sending the letter?

  3. Hey, I hadn’t thought of doing so. I know a friend emailed MM Lee when his wife first got ill and she got a response from him and subsequently his daughter.

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