Singaporean delegates of the Spotlight Singapore Mexico City exchange programme moved to tears by Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Memory
It was supposed to be a straightforward business and cultural exchange between Singapore and Mexico, but it turned into several wrenching moments of bereavement over the death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew for the Singapore delegates.
Group CEO of Agape Group Holdings, Mr Delane Lim, who was one of the representatives from Singapore, said: “It’s sad for those of us who are away from home during this mourning period. I would have liked to shorten my trip to return to Singapore and pay my respects to Mr Lee, but I also feel that it’s important for me to be here and see how we can bridge ties between the two countries.”
He joined the 100-strong Singapore delegation of businessmen, artists and students in the weeklong business and cultural exchange called Spotlight Singapore Mexico City where they got to experience various aspects of Mexican culture, from the food to its music and dance forms, as well as forging new business and cultural ties with their Mexican counterparts.
Mr Lim sealed a new deal with educational institution Tecnologico de Monterrey. For the next three years, 24 Singapore and Mexican students will take part in an exchange programme that would allow the students to experience life in their respective host countries.
“After I gave a talk to the Mexican students, one of them asked me to talk about Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I did. And after that, the students requested that we observe a one-minute of silence in memory of Mr Lee. I was very touched by their gesture.”
Spotlight Singapore Mexico City is the sixth in a series of global cultural and business exchanges organized by non-profit Singapore firm Global Cultural Alliance (GCA), a subsidiary of The Rice Company. The exchange was held this year to mark 40 years of bilateral ties between Mexico and Singapore.