一份来自新移民的衷心感激:谢谢您,李光耀先生。

In gratitude to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew – from the bottoms of a new emigrant.

多周前,新闻都一直在报导着李光耀先生的身体每况愈下。做为普罗大众们,大家都心里有数,知道李先生在世时间或许已不多了。纵然如此,许多百姓都希望他的身体可以像他那多年来坚韧的硬道理一样挺,健在地渡过新加坡建国五十周年的庆典。

然而在一个平淡的星期一早晨 (三月二十三号),李光耀先生在凌晨离世了。其实大家都知道生死无常,早已预知会有这么的一刻到来。话虽如此, 从过去几天那日月不歇的全国性的吊丧活动和百万民众的致敬举止来看,还是有许多人对他不舍。无论你是个过蕃客还是道地的狮城人,大家才纷纷察觉到自己内心深处除了对李光耀先生心存感激以外,原来还会对他的逝世有着那一丝丝逐日渐强地哀痛与惋惜。或许这就是我们做为人类特有的一种的共鸣与灵性上的感染吧。虽然建国总理李光耀先生缘绝 SG50 国庆,但却有这么的一股玄迷之说:“李光耀其实是好走,因为他已经完成他五十年前所期许的大愿了。不信?你把李光耀的寿终岁数来逐减他的忌日看看(例:91岁-23日-3月-15年 = 50)。”

暂且抛开这些聊斋玄说,我们做为一个同样会生老病死的凡人,李光耀的人格典范与丰功伟绩,可以说是前无古人能达,亦后无来者可居之。在人文的历史当中,白手兴家的凡夫俗子不计其数,但能够赤手空拳的去带领大众一起作业并建立一个可供当代人及其后裔可共享有的国度,可真是的寥寥无几啊!但是,我们仍然还是会看到有一小撮的社论与传媒的报导对李先生的毕生贡献褒贬不一。关于这点,我个人认为我们不必跟进这些扶手评论家(armchair critics)的观点。我猜想他们多半都是匆忙的过路客,没有缘份去实实在在的这个岛国上去生活及感受它的一草一木。然而从这些繁杂的李光耀评述论当中,倒是有一篇我在 2010 年时所阅读过且至今还令我印象为之深刻的文章,那就是由唐南发先生所撰写,题为“李光耀:华人的政治伟哥” 的一篇政治分析(唐南发, 2010)。那篇文稿上虽然有着一面倒的批评李光耀那仿佛虚伪的儒学政治手腕,但是有许多人都不懂,做为圣贤的孔夫子亦曾有诛杀扰其政的政敌(摘自孔子誅少正卯事件),难道这种乃上杀下的行径就符合當時孔夫子本身所倡导的「導之以德,齊之以禮」「子為政,焉用殺」的中庸思想吗?

暂且让我们搁下这些具争议性的论述,不去谈它,但李光耀先生确实是我们海外华人的骄傲!这是绝对不争的事实。虽然唐南发先生笔下的“伟哥”的喻意有些粗俗之嫌,但也蛮为之贴切的,因为我还记得从记录片中,李光耀在 1981年的新加坡国庆演讲时曾说过:

“…So, friends and fellow citizens, we got a little island – 600 sq km. You unwind this, you will not drop down on soft paddy fields, it is hard hard concrete, your bones are broken and it’s kaput. And if you want to know why I am tough, it’s because I know what happens.

I travel and I am not looking at the tourist sites…

And you know that Singapore has only one chance and that is to go up – tighter, more discipline, up the ladder. You unwind this, it’s curtains for everybody.”

说到这一点就连东南亚首富,郭鹤年,都会不禁的感叹到李光耀是自中国大陆以来最伟大的海外华人!

“The greatest Chinese outside the mainland is Lee Kuan Yew.”

-Robert Kuok, 91.

Source: The Strait Times, March 25, 2015

除此以外,李光耀还给于了我们最佳的精神典范上的参考。我还犹记大前天出席那千人的公职人员的哀悼会上时,我得以更深入的去了解李光耀先生的生前事故。当时做为新移民的我,实在感触良多。李光耀不仅完成他在50年前对所有市井小民所许下的承诺,还打造了一个开放及可适合全人类安居乐业的地方。这个地方不仅供给所有新加坡人无限的未来,也同时给予了许多新移民一个阳光般的希望,能在此落脚然后称之为家,然后一併去维护这个根基。从记录片中,李光耀先生在世时常在某些亲民活动上植树,这个优良的惯性传统也传递到吴资政时代及当今的李显龙总理。这种绿化的治国理念当中也间接带有“前人种树后人乘凉”的寓意。然而随着李光耀与建国一代的离去,这种开放与无私的多元精神还能得以延续吗?说到这,我有点词穷,因此我想要引述一位著名的银行家看法:

Singapore Banker, DBS BANK

I was born in Malaysia, but became a Singapore citizen in 2008. Immigration officials who processed my application were surprised by it, since I was stationed in Hong Kong at the time.

“Why do you want citizenship?” they asked.

Before the posting to Hong Kong, I spent 3 1/2 years working and living in Singapore. I had tremendous respect for the government and the country.

I replied without hesitation: “Because I choose Singapore as my home. I know I want to spend the rest of my life here.”

I moved back to Singapore in 2010.

Born and bred Singaporeans sometimes may not come to appreciate Singapore the way immigrants do – simply because immigrants have seen how bad things can get in other countries.

The only competitive advantage this country has is a good government, which has spawned good schools, the rule of law, meritocracy and corporate governance, which have in turn brought high-end investments here. These investments have raised the standard of living for all.

At the heart of good government, of course, is Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Through his brilliance and sheer tenacity, he has proven that one man can make a difference. He took the poorest country in Asean (by gross domestic product per capita) and made it the richest.

I watched the National Day Parade this year from my new office on the 46th floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, which has a breathtaking view of the bay. The development of the bay area is a story in itself – of how Singapore can create value from little more than air, water and earth.

When Majulah Singapura was played, I sang it with my right hand to my chest. I sang it with pride because I love my new home country.

Source: http://leekuanyew.straitstimes.com/ST/index.html#voices

做为新移民,我和我的妻子都非常感恩李光耀先生与建国一代的付出。虽然我们并不出生在这个岛国, 但我们实在很庆幸能活在一个曾经拥有巨人的时代,然后顺应着他的步伐去打造一个无限可能的未来。我们要学习李光耀的精神,要发愿不要抱怨,认真的去服务众生,敬业乐业。

谢谢您,李光耀先生!

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