Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Aquino gets Lee Kuan Yew book from Anvil officers

President Benigno S. Aquino III received on Wednesday a book authored by Singaporean statesman Lee Kuan Yew after inducting the officers of the 2010-211 Anvil Business Club at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang.

The Anvil Business Club, founded by 17 Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs in 1981, had grown to 150 members made up of young, successful businessmen who espouse private enterprise, economic progress and traditional Confucian values.

The inductees said they gave President Aquino Lee's personal memoirs of his rule in Singapore entitled "From Third World to First World" because they find several similarities between Lee and the President.

As one of Anvil's founder, Wilson Lee Flores, also a columnist of the Philippine Star and three-time president of the Club said: "President Noy is just like Lee Kuan Yew who is incorruptible and led his country from poverty to prosperity."

Flores said President Aquino is incorruptible just like the Singaporean statesman, who was the first prime minister of the port state from 1959 to 1990.

Those inducted were: Daniel Ching, chairman; Stefan Tong, president; Roy Chua, executive vice president; Henry Ong, VP-Finance; Kenneth Hung, Warren So, Barnaby Chong, Jorge Ting, all vice presidents; and board of directors namely Jensen Chan, Marcelo Co, Kenneth Dee, Henry Kho, Jovenson Ong, Robert Marie Sy, William Villanueva and Reginald Yu. (rdlc/4:41 pm)