In March 2015, we witnessed the over-pouring of emotions by Singaporean, young and old, with the demised of our founding Prime Minister LEE Kuan Yew. What was equally enlightening was the show of respects overseas. Foreign nations observed a moment of silence at their respective National Assemblies/Parliaments and some nations, raising their national flags to half-mast, the highest respects reserved for national leaders.
The world has lost another illustrious leader, whom we loved and respects, but his legacy should live on, transcending space and time, the like of Mahatma Gandhi, Mao Tse-Tung, Winston Churchill and George Washington.
As a Singaporean, I am honoured and humbled to have a part in disseminating Mr. LEE legacy far and wide. However, this would not have come to passing for not the enthusiasm of my mentor, Zin Wai Thaw. Having read Mr. LEE book - “HARD TRUTH: To keep Singapore Going” (2011), he was particularly keen to have it translated into Myanmar language, so that his fellow countrymen could be avail of the wisdom and experience of Mr. LEE. As a man of principle, Zin Wai Thaw, insisted on doing it the right way, that is, to have the license to translate “HARD TRUTH’. Thanks to Singapore Press Holding, the copyright holder for all of Mr. LEE books, license to translate into Myanmar language was granted.
The official translated version of the “HARD TRUTH” was officially launched in Yangon on October 2013. A few months earlier Mr. LEE latest book, “One Man’s View of the World” was launched and Zin Wai Thaw was already discussing about doing a translated version of it.
Once again, many thanks to Singapore Press Holding, license was granted for this translation “One Man’s View of the World“to Zin Wai Thaw.
Not the least, this translation is a humble tribute to Mr. LEE Kuan Yew (1923-2015), a visionary leader who seeks so little for himself but care so much for Singapore and humanity.