Lee Kuan Yew first Asian to receive Lincoln Medal

19Oct11

Lee Kuan Yew gets a medal in the US.  AsiaOne:

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was presented with the Lincoln Medal, an award which honours those whose accomplishments exemplify the legacy of America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

Mr Lee is the first Asian to receive the annual award, reported The Straits Times.

Previous winners included top United States diplomat Hillary Clinton, South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Hollywood director George Lucas.

During the award ceremony at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington on Wednesday morning, Mr Lee spoke about the tough economic situation in the US and said that its “strengths and resilience will help the country come out on top again”.

“I am confident that America’s innate creativity, resilience and innovative spirit will allow it to confront its core problems, overcome them and regain competitiveness,” said Mr Lee.

He also hailed the warm relations between the US and Singapore: “America has been a good friend of Singapore and Singapore has been a reliable partner of America. We have worked very well over the last five decades for the peace and prosperity of our region.” …

Head of Exxon Mobil Corp, Mr Rex Tillerson, paid tribute to Mr Lee’s accomplishments: “‘It is a supreme measure of his life, that like Abraham Lincoln, political leaders now seek to follow in his nation’s footstep, looking to Singapore as an example and inspiration for success. This is the life and legacy we recognise tonight.”

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2 Responses to “Lee Kuan Yew first Asian to receive Lincoln Medal”

  1. 1 patriot

    Funny that the Americans seem to know only one man in Sin.

  2. 2 LY Lim

    For all of us who cannot travel with Mr Lee KY, we have you, Ms Lee WL to thank for this insightful update in Sunday Times on 23-10-11.

    It was no less a simple decision than a sacrifice twenty years ago to remain single, now that you can be around to look after your father. Meanwhile, I am glad that Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore is recognised for his accomplishments with the Lincoln Award.

    Indeed, he has led a rich, meaningful and purposeful life.

    I shall keep both of you in prayer. God bless.



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