Saturday, 28 March 2015

Remembering Mr Lee Kuan Yew

On the 23rd March 2015, our nation grieved the loss of the founding father of modern Singapore - Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. We stood in solidarity to pay our last respects to a great man ahead of his time.

Throughout the whole of this week, there was a silent air of grief that floated around. There was something about the atmosphere that was different from its usual days. People on the trains were quiet, a sea of monochrome wrapped around CBD.

It's probably the one day apart from the National Days, where I see Singaporeans united, to mourn the loss of a great man. I was especially touched when I heard of how Singaporeans queued up quietly, without any murmur or complaints to pay their last respects to Mr Lee at the Parliament House. Or how student volunteers and some F&B outlets have so generously distributed food, water and umbrellas to those in need.

As I listen and read the tributes of Singaporeans and others, I too, feel sad inside my heart as I read of stories of how one man could have had such a huge impact on Singaporeans, the nation and the world. He was such a visionary leader, and full of charisma and grit!

Thank you Mr Lee, for laying the foundation for Singapore to thrive and grow and be the financial hub it is today. I have not have lived through the 70s-80s and see the development of Singapore firsthand, but looking around the Singapore River, the Marina Barrage, the HDB blocks, I can't but imagine the transformation Singapore went through, under your leadership.

Growing up in Primary school, I remember there were six National Education posters plastered around the school hall. One which I fondly remember is this - No one owes Singapore a living. As a child I did not fully understand what that meant, nevertheless it stuck with me.

Singapore has indeed found her way to prosper, albeit a tumultuous journey. But we made it. No one owes Singapore a living. But we owe you that much, you, and Singapore's forefathers, for improving our lives, for building this Singapore, which I am proud to call my home, the Singapore it is today - a prosperous, progressive and peaceful country.

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