last night, i went with a good friend & started queueing for almost 2hrs from 2.35am to 4.30am to pay respects to our beloved first prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
i shared this on my Facebook-
Standing in queue at padang at 2.46am… about 2hr queue?
Really proud of my fellow Singaporeans standing in queue to pay respects. That so many understand gratitude & respect. .
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
You cared so much for us. Did so much for us. devoted your entire life to Singapore.
It is so very sad that such a great & wonderful person like you is no more..
rest in peace SIR!
my feelings were no different with so many singaporeans from all walks of life who said that waiting in line for whatever number of hours was the least they could do for Mr Lee who had given his entire life to singapore & made our lives immeasurably better!
my friend & i were really happy that we came to be part of this spontaneous outpouring of grief & gratitude for mr lee.
there were endless accolades from world leaders. i liked the tribute by henry kissinger especially.
both the new zealand parliament & australian parliament passed tribute motions & had many tribute speeches by leader of various parties.
singapore also had a special session of parliament with many moving tributes from minsters, PAP MPs, mr low thia khiang, leader of the opposition workers party, and NMPs. i was very moved that sylvia lim chairman of workers’ party (and like everyone else) were in tears.
genuine emotions are to be treasured. i never thought i would tear myself. but listening to the speeches & tributes, and what ordinary singaporeans said & the open display of emotions, i am very happy that i cried just like anyone else.
today i watched the rappler interview with cherian george, a singaporean writer and academic based in hong kong, to assess Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy and to take a peek at what’s ahead for singapore. he was just so good!