Karuppiah Kandasamy, Lee’s bodyguard from 1970-1990, was surprised to be approached. “Why me? I’m not an important person,” he asked.
Kanda, as he’s known, spoke of why he’d have unflinchingly taken a bullet for Lee. “If I had gone, Singapore would have not lost anything. But if he had gone…”
Former press photographer George Gascon recounted how Lee had wanted him to take a picture of him using the computer, for his published memoirs, “probably to urge people” to be computer-literate as he was. “I was lucky. I think I’m the only one who has taken photos of his bedroom.”
I have seen and read much about Lee Kuan Yew. Now I feel as if I have vicariously met the man, through those rich stories told by our profiles.
You can also hear from the man himself in another documentary, Lee Kuan Yew: In His Own Words. It assembles some of his most insightful speeches and interviews, and examines his values and ideas.