IN BRIEF | Singapore's Changi Airport could be renamed in honour of the nation's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, whose death last week sparked a week-long period of mourning.
A Change.org petition to Singapore's Transport Minister requesting that Changi Airport become "Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) International Airport" has attracted over 12,000 signatures in the past four days.
The petition seeks to rename Changi to enshrine Lee Kuan Yew's legacy in the same way as do New York's John F. Kennedy and Paris' Charles de Gaulle airports celebrate the accomplishments of those nation's leaders.
Changi is not only considered among the world's best airports, its very creation came at the hand of Lee Kuan Yew.
"Without him, Changi Airport would not exist today" explains an online tribute posted by Changi Airport, which calls Lee 'the pioneer of Singapore aviation.'
"It was Mr Lee who took the difficult decision to move Singapore's international airport from Paya Lebar to Changi despite the recommendations of foreign experts to expand the former.'
"It meant writing off some S$800 million that had already been invested in Paya Lebar and a commitment of S$1.5 billion in the late 1970s to develop the new airport. This was a bold move, but as Mr Lee himself said, 'one of the best $1.5 billion investments we ever made".'
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