We are deeply saddened by the passing of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. On behalf of the PSA Board, Management, Unions and Staff, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his family.
Singapore as a nation owes much of its success to Mr Lee. He was the guiding force behind the country's transformation from a sleepy British imperial outpost into a first-world global metropolis. Seen by many as a Statesman of the Century, he successfully rallied Singaporeans of all races and religions, leading the country from independence in 1965 towards its transformation into one of the most prosperous countries in the world today.
Beyond his vision and steely determination, Mr Lee was a man possessing of deep wisdom - governing with a firm hand when it was imperative to maintain stability in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country; yet sensitive to the need for a more consultative government as Singapore progressed towards first-world status. Under his leadership and guidance, Singaporeans built a truly proud national identity and sound, steady governance. He had been instrumental in transforming this country into one of the world's most business-friendly and successful economies today, with a widely respected civil service and world-class infrastructure.
As we mourn the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, PSA will strive to honour his memory by perpetuating his convictions and working alongside each other, with the same pioneering spirit of determination, nerve and focus, as we build on our present success to create an even better future for the port industry and our generations ahead.