AmCham Singapore and AmCham Members: Tributes for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew



On behalf of the Board of Governors, membership, and executive office of The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, may I express our deepest condolences upon the death of your father, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. His contributions to this nation were profound and enduring. His strategic vision, inspired policies, and purposeful leadership created and sustained the environment that has allowed Singaporeans and foreign friends to pursue together the shared goal of a prosperous and economically vibrant country.  We join the government and people of Singapore in mourning the loss of a great nation-builder and global leader.

– James R. Andrade, AmCham Singapore Chairman and VP, Research Development & Quality, Asia Pacific, Mondelēz International


Investors would be drawn by Singapore’s predictable, enforceable and fair rule of law. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s enduring legacy will continue to inform investors’ decisions.

– Judith Fergin, Executive Director, AmCham Singapore *The quote along with those of other business leaders may be found here.


The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore joins the people of Singapore in mourning the passing of an historic leader. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s contributions to modern Singapore were profound and enduring. His strategic vision, inspired policies, and purposeful economic leadership transformed this nation into the prosperous metropolis that we inhabit today. AmCham Singapore’s board and members express our deepest sympathy to his family and the people of Singapore upon this great loss.

AmCham Singapore *The message along with those of other world leaders and organizations may be found here.


Singapore is an extraordinary success story of our modern world, much admired beyond its shores because of the vision of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He dedicated his life to transforming the nation from Third World to First World in just 50 years, making it a world class financial and business hub. Singapore will continue to thrive for many years to come because of the strong foundation that he has laid during his time of service in government.

– Citi


Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s life was defined by political turmoil. His worldview was shaped by his participation in, or witness to, the major convulsions of his era – Japanese militarism, the Chinese revolution, anti-colonialism, the Cold War, the challenges of economic development, racial schisms, and religious violence. In his search for stability amidst the chaos and blood of the 20th century, he reached for Confucianism, with its emphasis on order, hierarchy, and cohesion. Lee leaves us with five core lessons from his 60-plus years in public life…On a personal level, Lee earned a well-deserved reputation for intellectual capabilities, lucidity of expression, and personal probity…

Frank Lavin, CEO, Export Now *The full article may be found here.


We at ExxonMobil will never forget the important and lasting contributions made by Mr Lee Kuan Yew. His leadership and policies helped us build our business and bonds in Singapore. For us, his legacy can be seen in the strong foundation on which our Singapore business now stands.  We look forward to continuing to honor his achievements by working to grow our business and deepen our ties here.

– ExxonMobil


GE was one of the pioneers who invested in manufacturing plants in Jurong industrial estate in 1969. Since then, GE has developed in tandem with Singapore’s aspirations – from low wage assembly operations to a high technology centre providing solutions to our global customers and a regional financial services and commercial hub. All 8 of GE’s businesses have a presence in Singapore. GE is a keen participant in Singapore’s continuous transformation because Singapore brings out the best in us. Singapore’s single-minded push for innovative solutions to your water security challenge made it an easy decision for us to establish a 70+ strong Singapore Water Technology Centre, which was opened in 2009.

– GE


Singapore provided our company with a safe platform and environment in which to expand outside of the US market, allowing the ownership of the company to feel secure in their investment outside of their comfort zone.

– Marking Services


The Procter & Gamble Company extends our deepest condolences to the nation and the people of Singapore.  We stand together in grieving this loss and honoring his legacy.


Mr. Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore, making the country a global economic power and a great place for international companies to invest and conduct business.  P&G is honored to call Singapore our home in Asia, and we value our long-term partnership with the government and people of Singapore.


As Singapore marks the 50th anniversary of its independence this year, the founding Prime Minister will be remembered as the architect who helped transition Singapore into one of the most dynamic international business hubs in the world.  He will be greatly missed.

– Procter & Gamble


In addition, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) organized a program of tribute to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and invited the senior Singaporean and international business associations to participate.

LKY tribute


AmCham Chairman James Andrade spoke on behalf of the Chamber.

LKY James Andrade


In addition, former AmCham Chairman Landis Hicks also spoke at the session.

LKY Landis Hicks


AmCham Executive Director Judith Fergin and members of the AmCham Board of Governors at the program of tribute.

LKY AmCham Board





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