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SPH hosts memorial ceremony in honour of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore, 26 March 2015 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) today hosted a memorial ceremony in honour of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at its News Centre auditorium in Toa Payoh. 

More than
 700 staff were present for the event, and attendees included Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH, directors and Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive of SPH.

During the memorial ceremony, a two-part video produced by SPH Razor was screened. They chronicled the life story of Mr Lee and his political milestones.

SPH staff from the four major daily newspapers who had worked and interacted with Mr Lee in the course of their work also shared their personal thoughts and anecdotes. 


They were: 
      • Han Fook Kwang, Editor At Large, The Straits Times;
      • Chairul Fahmy Hussaini, Deputy Digital Editor, Berita Harian;
      • Yew Lun Tian, Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao;
      • Azhagiyapandiyan s/o Duraiswamy, Deputy Editor, Tamil Murasu; and
      • Robin Chan, Manager, Media Strategy and Analytics. Robin was previously a journalist with The Straits Times and was part of the team that interviewed Mr Lee for his book "Lee Kuan Yew - Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going", published by Straits Times Press.

SPH CEO Mr Alan Chan also shared his personal experiences serving as Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Principal Private Secretary from 1994-1997, and how he had personally benefitted from Mr Lee's policies. 

A copy of all the speeches are attached.

SPH Chairman Dr Lee Boon Yang,  a former Cabinet Minister under Mr Lee, said in a statement to staff: "I have always thought of Mr Lee as the architect and founding father of Singapore. I had the privilege of serving in his government and continued to benefit from his wisdom and guidance after he stepped down. Mr Lee was always very focused and serious. He seldom engaged in small talk. He would drill deeply into every issue whether it was a policy revision or something new. It could be quite uncomfortable to be grilled by him. But I always got the feeling that it was nothing personal. He did it to get the best result for Singapore.”

Dr Lee added: “Singapore is successful today because of many key policies he crafted such as attracting MNC investment, harmonious tripartite relations, education, housing and many other areas. Even after he stepped down, his advice helped to strengthen many public policies. His legacy is the strong foundation underpinning Singapore's success. In September 2000, he gave me a copy of his second volume, 'From Third World to First'. On the inside cover, he wrote 'Your generation has to write the sequel to this story'. We owe it to Mr Lee to build on his legacy and create the best possible sequel to the Singapore Story."

Enclosed:

(i) Speeches
        • Alan Chan, CEO, SPH
        • Han Fook Kwang, Editor At Large, ST
        • Chairul Fahmy Hussaini, Deputy Digital Editor, BH
        • Yew Lun Tian, Correspondent, LHZB
        • Azhagiyapandiyan s/o Duraiswamy, Deputy Editor, TM
        • Robin Chan, Manager, MSA, Support Services



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For more information, please contact: 


Chin Soo Fang 
Head
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1216
Email: 
soofang@sph.com.sg

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr) 
Manager 
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
DID: 6319 1586
Email: 
yeosc@sph.com.sg 


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


Media 

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like 
hardwarezone.com,herworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. 

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.


Other Businesses

Online Classified and New Media

SPH's online classified and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine; Asiaone, Stomp, 
omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

In addition, SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.


Education

SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg.