"Singapore's raison d’etre when it started was the port. And Singapore must strive to remain a major hub port. From a labour-intensive industry, the port evolved into a knowledge hub employing cutting-edge IT systems. It has given Singapore a first-mover advantage that continues to pay good dividends to the economy. The development of Maritime Singapore is about anticipating the future, adapting to change, creating and seizing opportunities, and the pursuit of excellence."
~ LEE KUAN YEW
One man's vision had charted a course to prosperity Singapore's rapid progress to become a Global Maritime Hub and one of the world's busiest ports today. Mr Lee Kuan Yew's contribution to Maritime Singapore started even before the country's independence. As legal advisor to the Singapore Harbour Board Staff Association, he passionately advocated for the rights of port workers. This led to the formation of the Singapore Port Workers Union in 1968.
This video pays tribute to Mr Lee’s foresight and leadership that was instrumental in “Driving Connectivity” for Singapore and shaping Singapore to what it is today – a leading international maritime centre!
Credits: Pacific International Lines, Singapore Shipping Association