04 Feb '12, 9pm

PM Lee says Toh Chin Chye's death a reminder of how much is owed to founding fathers

SINGAPORE - When Mr Han Hai Kwang came to pay his last respects to Dr Toh Chin Chye yesterday, he not only brought his 81-year-old mother (picture), but also a piece of history the 61-year-old shared with one of Singapore's founding fathers. Mr Han, a retired businessman, was a recipient of a rubber technology scholarship from Dr Toh, and the moment was captured in a 1967 newspaper article which he brought along yesterday. Dr Toh was instrumental in the transformation of the National University of Singapore and higher education here during the 1970s. Yesterday, Mr Han recalled how touched his mother, an uneducated hawker, was by Dr Toh's humility in making the effort to speak to her during the awards ceremony. Mr Han also remembered his last meeting with Dr Toh about 10 years ago at a restaurant the former Deputy Prime Minister frequented. "I showed him the article. He alm...

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