In this year of 2015, 2 good friends passed away, 7 months apart from each other- Mr Lee Kuan Yew who passed away in March and Mr Helmut Schmidt, the former Chancellor of West Germany, on 10 November.
In 2012, the pair met for the last time when Mr Schmidt made a visit to Singapore. They talked for 3 days. Excerpts of the conversations, divided into 3 parts entitled "Lessons on Leadership", "The European Vision" and "Parting" were included in Mr Lee's final book "One Man's View of the World".
Here are some snippet:
Asked if it was worth all the effort looking back at the political life, Mr Schmidt: "Yes, it was worthwhile to forgo the chance of becoming rich." Mr Lee: "To be a leader, you must accept other people becoming rich because you are governing well."
Mr Schmidt:"...motivation of the Brits [in taking part in the European integration project] was to have a thumb in the pie but not bake the pie."