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Lee Kuan Yew: His son says goodbye

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An emotional Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mourned his father’s passing in three languages yesterday. Here is the English language section of his moving speech.

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Lee Kuan Yew: His son says goodbye

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addresses the nation at 8am on 23 March 2015.

Good morning, my fellow Singaporeans. I’m deeply saddened to tell you that Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away peacefully this morning at the Singapore General Hospital. Let me say a few words in Malay and in Mandarin….

English begins again at 4:15

The first of our founding fathers is no more. He inspired us, gave us courage, kept us together and brought us here. He fought for independence, built a nation where there was none and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another man like him.

To many Singaporeans, and indeed others too, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore. As prime minister, he pushed us hard to achieve what had seemed impossible. After he stepped down, he guided his successors with wisdom and tact.

In his old age, he continued to keep a watchful eye on Singapore. Singapore was his abiding passion. He gave of himself in full measure to Singapore. As he, himself, put it towards the end of his life and I quote, “I have spent my life, so much of it building up this country. There is nothing more than I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.

This handout photo made available on March 24, 2015 by Singapore Ministry of Communication and Information shows Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (C) and his wife Queen Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha (R) paying their respects as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) looks on at the Family Wake at the Sri Temasek, Istana. AFP

I’m grieved beyond words at the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I know that we all feel the same way, but even as we mourn his passing, let us also honour his spirit. Let us dedicate ourselves as one people to build on his foundations, strive for his ideas and keep Singapore exceptional and successful for many years to come. May Mr Lee Kuan Yew rest in peace. Thank you.

Vocabulary:

abiding (adj): (of a feeling or belief) lasting for a long time and not changing - ทนทาน

courage (noun): the ability to do something that you know is right or good, even though it is dangerous, frightening, or very difficult - ความกล้าหาญ

dedicate : to spend your time and effort doing something - อุทิศ

exceptional : much greater than usual, especially in skill, intelligence, quality, etc; - แตกต่างเป็นพิเศษ

fellow : of people who live in the same country - เพื่อนร่วมชาติ

foundation : supporting structure - รากฐาน

founding : starting an organisation, company, political party, etc. - ก่อตั้ง

grieve : to feel very sad, especially because somebody has died - เศร้าโศก, เสียใจ

guide : to help somebody to move in a particular direction; to move something in a particular direction; to direct or influence somebody's behaviour - นำทาง, นำไป

honour : to do something that shows great respect for somebody/something - เคารพ,นับถือ, ยกย่อง

in full measure : completely - อย่างเต็มที่, อย่างครบถ้วน

independence (noun): freedom from control by another country, organisation or person - ความเป็นอิสระ

inspire : to give people a particular feeling or a desire to do somethng - จุดประกาย

mourn  : to feel extremely sad because someone has died and to express this in public - ไว้อาลัย, ไว้ทุกข์, เศร้าโศก

nation : a country considered as a group of people with the same language, culture and history, who live in a particular area under one government; all the people in a country - ประเทศ, คนในประเทศ

passed away (verb): died - จากไป (ตาย),เสียชีวิต, มรณภาพ

passion : a strong enthusiasm or interest - ความชื่นชม หลงใหล 

pay respect to : to show deep admiration for someone/something - แสดงความเคารพ

proud : feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with - ภูมิใจ

quote : to repeat the words that someone else has said or written - ยกคำพูดมา

spirit : courage, determination or energy - เจตนา, ความมุ่งมั่น

strive : to try very hard to do something or to make something happen, especially for a long time or against difficulties - พยายามอย่างหนัก

successor : a person or thing that comes after someone or something and takes their/its place  - ผู้สืบทอด, ดำรงตำแหน่งต่อ

sultan : the title given to Muslim rulers in some countries - สุลต่าน, ประมุขของประเทศที่นับถือศาสนาอิสลาม

tact (noun): the ability to deal with difficult or embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people - ประสานสัมผัส, การที่ไหวพริบหรือปฎิภาณดี

wake (noun): an occasion before or after a funeral when people gather to remember the dead person, traditionally held the night before the funeral to watch over the body before it is buried - การเฝ้าศพก่อนฝังหรือทำพิธี

watchful (adj): paying attention to what is happening in case of danger, accidents, etc. - ซึ่งเฝ้าดูอย่างใกล้ชิด, ซึ่งเฝ้ามองอย่างะมัดระวัง

wisdom : the knowledge that a society or culture has gained over a long period of time - ปัญญา

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