28 Mar 2015

Indian Community Pays Tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew


Press Release

28 March 2015 – The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) came together with Indian organisations in Singapore to pay tribute to the nation’s founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Saturday, 28 March. The event, held at P. Govindasamy Pillai (PGP) Hall at Serangoon Road, saw more than 650 individuals attend the memorial ceremony.

The tribute saw people from various segments of the Indian community pay homage to Mr Lee:

  • Mr Gopinath Pillai, Ambassador-at-Large
  • Mr Sat Pal Khattar, SINDA Life Trustee
  • Mr R Dhinakaran, Former Nominated Member of Parliament and Vice-Chairman, Hindu Endowments Board
  • Mr Charanjit Singh, President, Singapore Khalsa Association
  • Mr Naseer Ghani, President, Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League
  • Ms Sanaa Sheriff, NUS mediacal student and SINDA Youth Volunteer

In their heartfelt speeches, the speakers recollected that Mr Lee had worked hard towards according equal treatment to all minority groups in Singapore. They also praised Mr Lee’s wisdom and foresight in creating equal opportunities for the Indian community to progress alongside other races in Singapore. The ceremony, which was simple yet impactful, left guests with a deepened appreciation for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

The memorial ceremony brought together more than 150 Indian organisations in Singapore. Joining them in paying tribute to Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister were Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Finance, Mr Tharman Shamugaratnam,

Minister in the Prime Minister’s office, Second Minster for Home Affairs & Trade and Industry Mr S.Iswaran, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education & President of SINDA, Indranee Rajah and Member of Parliament Mr Inderjit Singh.



The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is a Self-Help Group, set up in August 1991 to address educational and socio-economic issues facing the Indian community in Singapore.
SINDA actively strives to build a well-educated and confident community of Indians that stands together with the other communities in contributing to the progress of multi-racial Singapore. In the course of fulfilling its objectives, SINDA works closely with many volunteers, schools and grassroots organisations. In the process, SINDA has steadily evolved into a credible organisation that serves as a pillar of the Singapore Indian community.

Today, SINDA runs a wide array of programmes that not only effectively serves to uplift the educational performance of Indian students, but also promotes family harmony and uplifts the social status of ethnic Indians.

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, is Chairman of SINDA’s Board of Trustees. Miss Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, is President of the Executive Committee.

For more information on SINDA, visit the website – www.sinda.org.sg


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