Mrs Lee Kuan Yew - Madam Kwa Geok Choo

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew's love story has touched many, including me for sure.

I read that he would read poetry by her side everyday ever since she was bedridden after the stroke which she suffered in 2003. In fact, he was worried that no one would read her poetry on those days when he was hospitalized.

Of the whole clip, the part which left a deep impression on me was Mrs Lee saying that Mr Lee was a handsome young man and Mr Lee laughed so happily. This is what I call bliss and true love. Its was indeed a very heartwarming scene.

I am tremendously inspired by her story and her intelligence (she was awarded a Queen's scholarship). We will all remember your contributions to the nation.

May she rest in peace.

Abstracts from the clip

An outstanding student at Methodist Girls' School, she also topped the 1936 Senior Cambridge Examination for the whole of Malaya and Singapore.

At Raffles Institution, she caught the attention of a young Lee Kuan Yew when she gave him unexpectedly stiff competition for a Queen's Scholarship.

When World War II ended, Mr Lee left to study law in England in 1946. But he was miserable until she joined him at Cambridge University a year later.

The two married secretly on 23 December 1947.

Mrs Lee said: "You can't explain these things ... He had tremendous aplomb, self-confidence, very jaunty, he was a handsome young man."

Mr Lee once said his great advantage was that he had a wife who could be a sole breadwinner and bring the children up.

Although she had shied away from a high profile, her contributions to Singapore had been most significant, and pivotal to its history.

"If she weren't an influence, supposing I had married somebody else, I might have become a different person, not that I would be a different person, but the things that I would have been able to do, the kind of backdrop I would have had, family, support, would have been different," said MM Lee.

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