The red box showed how dedicated he was to Singapore, despite being in hospital he still asked for the red box and continued to improve Singapore. The red box carried a wide range of items. It could be communications with foreign leaders, observations about the financial crisis, instructions for the Istana grounds staff, or even questions about some trees he had seen on the expressway. Mr Lee was well-known for keeping extremely alert to everything he saw and heard around him, when he noticed something wrong, like an ailing raintree, a note in the red box would follow.He was extremely dedicated to his work and continued to improve Singapore no matter where he was. He turned Singapore into a garden city, and a economic hub.