S R Nathan, was Singapore’s longest-serving President. Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew once called him an “indispensable man for all seasons”. As eulogies start pouring in, here are some who have shared their fond memories of the late Mr Nathan.
1924 – 2016: In memory of former president S R Nathan
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
“Mr Nathan’s life is an inspiration to us all. His was a story of how a young boy strove to triumph over his circumstances and make a contribution to society. He held many public service posts, and occupied the highest office in the land.
Mr Nathan was our longest serving President. He was a warm and approachable President who endeared himself to Singaporeans. He impressed visitors with his knowledge of world affairs, and served with dignity and distinction.”
President Tony Tan
“Mr Nathan had an outstanding career in public service. He rose from humble beginnings to become the sixth and longest serving President of Singapore.”
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman
“I have met few people who lived and breathed Singapore the way he did. His fondness for friends of every race and from all walks of life. His complete absence of airs. His love of food. And his remarkable memory of events in our history, small and big, and of everyone he had met along the way.”
Minister Chan Chun Sing
“Words cannot do justice to what you have done for our Labour Movement. Neither can I sufficiently express my gratitude to you as a mentor.
In the early days, you fought for the rights of our workers. They were often the poorest and least taken care of. You touched everyone with sincere, brotherly care. You were always there by our side through trials and tribulations.”
Minister Tan Chuan Jin
“Truly a “People’s President”, his selfless care and deep compassion for the ordinary man came through each time he met with Singaporeans from all walks of life.”
Minister Josephine Teo
“But what I will remember most about Mr Nathan was his warmth and authenticity. He loved being with people and he clearly delighted in interacting with #Singaporeans from all walks of life.”
Ministry Of Social And Family Development
And truly, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong puts it, Mr Nathan’s life is an inspiration to us all.
Rest in peace.