Mr. Ho Nai Chuen
Mr. Ho Nai Chuen, CCC chairman, PBM.
First Foray into Public Service
“In 1999, I was invited to join the grassroots movement, but turned it down as family commitments were pertinent. I only took up the invitation four years later, in 2003. I first served as Assistant Treasurer of the CCC and then after six years, as Treasurer. In 2004, I was asked to serve as chairman of the CC Management Committee (CCMC) , before I was appointed as chairman of the Citizens'Consultative Committees (CCC) in 2007.”
“I first met Mr. Lee at the Istana in December 2003, as he wanted to meet me before my appointment as chairman of the Tanjong Pagar CC Management committee in 2004.
“The deepest impression Mr. Lee has left on me is that he was a great leader,with a sharp, analytical mind. He was a pragmatic and thrifty person, who did not believe in spending lavishly on infrastructure or amenities.
“When I told him of our grassroots leaders’ request to install air-conditioning in the CC hall, his astute reply was:‘How often do we have major events at the CC hall.... it's better to bear with the humid condition for a few hours than to incur hefty electricity and maintenance bills.’”
“As a leader myself, I’m always reminded that if Mr. Lee was able to sacrifice his private life to serve the nation with passion and zeal, I should do likewise to the best of my ability.
“As a member of the Tanjong Pagar community club, I will continue to uphold the moral standards of his principles of governance.Mr. Lee has instilled in me the determination to make the impossible a reality.Mr. Lee's dedication to the nation has led me to do my best even under adversity and when faced with failure.I will always remember his advice that one must always be prepared for a rainy day, as life is not always smooth sailing.
“Over the years in my grassroots work, I have had the honour of counting Mr. Lee as a mentor. I treasure the opportunities I’ve had to speak with him, and I remember fondly our conversations over his most pressing national issues at the time –- bi-lingualism and the retention of local talent. At a National Day dinner,he asked a young violinist,
Ho Quan Hui, whether she would return to Singapore after completing her studies under scholarship in the U.K. When her answer was a resounding ‘yes!’, his face simply lit up. That smile alone showed Mr. Lee's immense love and commitment for Singapore.”