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Honour What You Have Been Given

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In the recently released book,“Up Close with Lee Kuan Yew”, Mr S R Nathan, former President of Singapore, wrote a chapter that quoted Mr Lee Kuan Yew as saying: “I must honour what they have given me.” He elaborated on this in his section on “Mr Lee’s influence” that ran as follows: “I (Mr Nathan) saw his (Mr Lee’s) good moments, his angry moments but, above all, I saw the exceptional way he conducted himself in public, and I strived to emulate him during the 12 years I was President. “I noticed that on official trips overseas, Mr and Mrs…

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Honouring the New Year!

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  I was discussing with someone earlier this week who had observed that an organisation that once was enterprising and open to connecting up with foreign visitors appeared to be losing its confidence to do so. He said the organisation had just turned down a request to meet foreign visitors as “everyone is too busy”, and wondered why the organisation’s international relations department could not accommodate the meeting request. I ventured the view that it could be because the people in the department did not feel confident enough to speak and to address questions that might be raised. Perhaps the leaders in…

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Honour in Leadership

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The film “Exodus” is based on the story of a leader, Moses, leading his people, the Israelites, out of slavery in Egypt, an event more than 1,000 years BCE. There were a number of memorable, inspiring quotations of which two are shared here.   COMMITMENT BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFE The first is an exchange between Moses and his wife Zipporah on their wedding night: Zipporah: Who makes you happy? Moses: You do. Zipporah: What’s the most important thing in your life? Moses: You are. Zipporah: Where would you rather be? Moses: With you. Zipporah: When will you leave me? Moses:…

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