I will be frank. Due to the environment that I grew up in during the late 90s and early 2000s, I wasn’t exactly enamoured with Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), Singapore’s first Prime Minister. My father was pretty anti-PAP and I also went to a secondary school that regarded Mr Ong Teng Cheong, the first elected President, as one of our own. In those years, even though Mr Lee had already stepped down as Prime Minister, the public perception was that he still yielded the most power in the Cabinet in his role as Senior Minister.

But my perspective started changing as the years went by. In fact, in university, I picked up the controversial “Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going”. It was the first LKY book that I read from cover to cover and because of the way it was written, it was as though the reader, me, was having …