The LKY Special! 5 Things You Never Knew About Lee Kuan Yew

5-2-1 Smart Thursdays #30 (LKY Special!)

5 Things You Never Knew About LKY, 2 LKY Inspired Quote & 1 Hard Truth to keep Singapore going (August 19th, 2021)

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🇸🇬Happy 5-2-1 Impact Thursday🇸🇬

Here are 5 things you never knew about LKY, 2 LKY inspired quote, and 1 hard truth for you to think about this week.


✨5 Things You Never Knew About LKY✨


He Married Mrs Lee Twice (first time in secret)

Mdm Kwa was his first love too! The pair married in secret at Straford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare in 1947 and then again in Singapore in 1950. Why? Because Mrs Lee's parents and college (she's a Queen's Scholar) might have disapproved of Mr Lee but the both of them have made up their minds about each other.


He Picked Up A New Language at 32 and 38. 

At 32, he learnt Mandarin. At 38, he learnt Hokkien. What's your excuse?


He Uncovered A CIA Plot in 1961

He was even offered a 3.3 million bribe (25 million today) by CIA to keep hush about an unsuccessful operation. He turned it down. Instead, he asked for 33 million in formal economic development aid for Singapore.


He Came In 2nd In Economics and English At Raffles College

Guess who came in 1st place? His wife Mdm Kwa! From competitors to lovers, she became his tower of strength.


His love for his wife Mdm Kwa

In a note addressed to his children, Mr Lee wrote, “For reasons of sentiment, I would like part of my ashes to be mixed up with Mama's, and both her ashes and mine put side by side in the columbarium. We were joined in life and I would like our ashes to be joined after this life.”


✨2 LKY Inspired Quotes✨


“Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him. Or give it up. This is not a game of cards.” — Lee Kuan Yew


“I am not given to making sense out of life – or coming up with some grand narrative on it – other than to measure it by what you think you want to do in life. As for me, I have done what I had wanted to, to the best of my ability. I am satisfied.”

— Lee Kuan Yew


✨1 Hard Truth To Keep You Going✨

“I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My Life”.


How would you like to be remembered?

At the end of the day… what have you got? What have you given up?

Knowing what is most important to you will go a long way to helping you keep things in perspective. 


So dig deep, get asking.

Enjoy the NDP Ceremonial Parade!🇸🇬



Until next week,

Caleb & Megan
Founder, SG Smart Parents Conference
Straits Times Featured Property Advisor With 12 Year Track Record


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