Australian High Commission

Lee Kuan Yew - Message from PM Tony Abbott

Lee Kuan Yew - Message from Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Today, we mourn the passing of a giant of our region.

Fifty years ago, Lee Kuan Yew led a vulnerable, fledgling nation to independence.

Today, thanks to his vision and determination, Singapore is one of the world’s most successful countries.

In Lee Kuan Yew’s own words, Singapore’s remarkable journey has been from 'third world to first’.

Thanks to his leadership, Singapore is now one of the world’s most prosperous nations, a financial powerhouse, and one of the world's easiest places to do business.

Our region owes much to Lee Kuan Yew.

Here in Australia and beyond, leaders sought and learned from his wise counsel.

As Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew enjoyed close relationships with successive Australian Prime Ministers and worked with them to establish the strong partnership that Singapore and Australia have today. 

At every stage, Australia and Singapore have stood shoulder to shoulder. We continue to do so today, as we salute one of the significant leaders of our time.

On behalf of the Australian Government and people, I extend my condolences to Mr Lee’s family and to the people of Singapore.
23 March 2015


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