Singapore leaders send condolences to Myanmar leaders on death of their PM

PM Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister George Yeo have both written to their counterparts in Myanmar to express their condolences on the passing of their prime minister, General Soe Win. This is pro-forma for close neighbours and fellow ASEAN members. The following are their condolence messages:

Text of Message from PM Lee Hsien Loong to Acting PM Lieutenant General Thein Sein,13 October 2007

His Excellency Lieutenant General Thein Sein
Acting Prime Minister
Union of Myanmar

Dear Excellency

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Prime Minister General Soe Win.

I recall the warm hospitality that Prime Minister General Soe Win had accorded to me and my delegation during my introductory visit to the Union of Myanmar in March 2005.

On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Union of Myanmar.

Yours sincerely


Text of Message from Minister George Yeo to Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win, 13 October 2007

His Excellency U Nyan Win
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Union of Myanmar

Dear U Nyan Win

I would like to express my deepest condolences to you on the passing away of Prime Minister General Soe Win. He fought his illness to the last with courage and calm. He was a strong supporter of greater ASEAN integration.

Yours sincerely


I don’t think the people of Myanmar need any condolences on the death of their so-called prime minister. But since diplomatic protocol requires it, I thought George Yeo’s letter was better — short and almost meaningless.


Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

One thought on “Singapore leaders send condolences to Myanmar leaders on death of their PM”

  1. I’m sure the people of Myanmar will not miss their PM, and the military junta themselves are aware that they too, are not held in high esteem either.

    It’s sad that for the most part, international protocols are just that – a necessary formality. I wonder how many leaders are really loved by their people and greatly missed when they are gone.

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