Farewell Mr Nathan, and thank you for your care and concern for Singapore and Singaporeans

Farewell Mr Nathan, and thank you for your care and concern for Singapore and Singaporeans

My wife and I, together with all Singaporeans of the senior generation certainly have fond memories of Singapore’s longest-serving (two terms) president, the late Mr S R Nathan.

This photo with the caption: “Thousands turned up to bid Singapore’s sixth and long-serving president a final farewell” was snapped from the photo in The Straits Times of 26 August 2016.)

A solemn occasion. This photo with the caption: “Thousands turned up to bid Singapore’s sixth and long-serving president a final farewell” was snapped from the photo in The Straits Times of 26 August 2016.)

Our former president has been laid to rest yesterday. He is gone but he shall be in our hearts and remembered for his care and concern for Singapore and Singaporeans.  We shall continue with his legacy and make Singapore a more vibrant and progressive nation, a nation with care and concern for its people irrespective of race and religion.

The late Mr Nathan, who started life from a humble beginning worked in the public sector that took him from social work and diplomacy before becoming Singapore’s sixth president from 1999 to 2011.

Indeed, in the words of our current president, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who after paying his last respects on Thursday, told reporters: “Mr Nathan always thought about Singapore…We have lost a great man.”

And, we shall always remember this great man, a truly great son of Singapore.

(In Friday, 23 August 2016 SK’s Facebook post)

Tribute for former Singapore President S R Nathan

In two succeeding years, Singapore has lost two of its greats: our former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew last year and Mr S R Nathan yesterday (22 August 2016).

My wife and I, together with all Singaporeans, express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Mr S R Nathan, 92, who served Singapore for two terms, facing the social, economic and political challenges of Singapore and promoting Singapore as a caring and harmonious multi-racial nation.

This photo of the late Mr S R Nathan is a TV screenshot. It shows the former President revealing that he could speak Tamil, Malay and English and so decided to learn Mandarin, the four official languages of Singapore.

This photo of the late Mr S R Nathan is a TV screenshot. It shows the former President revealing that he could speak Tamil, Malay and English and so decided to learn Mandarin, the four official languages of Singapore.

We are sad to have lost such a great and humble man.

Mr Nathan’s illustrious life, in short, is expressed neatly by none other than our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong himself who knows him for 40 years:
“Mr Nathan’s life is an inspiration to us all. His was a story of how a young boy strove to triumph over his circumstances and make a contribution to society. He held many public service posts, and occupied the highest office in the land.

“Mr Nathan was our longest serving President. He was a warm and approachable President who endeared himself to Singaporeans. He impressed visitors with his knowledge of world affairs, and served with dignity and distinction…

“I remember him as a man guided by a deep sense of duty to the nation. He stepped up each time duty called. He was a true son of Singapore.”
– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a Facebook post. (Quoted from The Straits Times, “True son of Singapore”, 23 August 2016.)

Shaik Kadir

27 August 2016

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