I’ll Try Not To Cry Too Hard!
We have lost a giant but his legacy will live on. The current Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, has declared a period of National Mourning starting from Mar 23 to Mar 29 (Monday to Sunday) and a State Funeral Service will be held at 2pm on Sunday.
Most of the grieving Singaporean Facebookers have change their cover photos to black and displaying special profile picture or the like as shown below. Yes, we are wearing our hearts on our sleeves.
Citizens are also circulating posts on social media with hashtags like #RememberingLeeKuanYew #RememberingLKY #RIPLKY #NoYewNoUs #LeeKuanYew #TributetoLKY etc… etc… You can see some of the tweets that have been trending here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/social-media-users/1735568.html?cid=fbsg
Community sites have been set up so that residents could pen their condolences and pay tribute to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, our Prime Minister for 3 decades! World leaders are also mourning Singapore’s great mentor. Read about his style of managing Singapore here: http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Singapore-s-great-mentor
“Contrary to what American political commentators say,” Lee used to remark, “I do not believe that democracy necessarily leads to development. I believe that what a country needs to develop is discipline more than democracy.”
Mr. Lee may have ruled with a draconian style of governance that retained capital punishment and caning but I like to be able to run wild within boundaries. Somehow, it gave me a sense of security. There were no grey areas. I like it clear cut like that. I can walk on the streets at wee hours in the morning and feel safe. My society does not discriminate my gender. I have equal opportunity as any hardworking male colleague and my daughters went to school without compromise. Our passports allow to travel freely even though we are a little red dot on the world map. This is what LKY has done for me!
Robert Frost’s poem:
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Here’s one last goodbye to the Father of Singapore! Come Sunday there’ll be gun carriage procession and most if not all 5 million of us will be wearing black.
I’ll try not to cry too hard!
P.S. It is sad that he could not see SG50 but I know he would appreciate this song during SG50 if he were here. My salute to you sir!
National Day song from 1987. Lyrics and music by Hugh Harrison.
Aranda Lee Kuan Yew – the orchid bred in honour of Singapore’s first Prime Minister. See the flower here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/orchid-named-after-mr-lee/1737884.html
See more publications from Lee Wei Ling: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/remembering-lee-kuan-yew-daughter-lee-wei-ling-mr-lee-fa#sthash.t7kSQSPA.dpuf
Read about Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Red Box here: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/mr-lee-kuan-yews-red-box-heng-swee-keat-20150324
Credit: Images and texts from various social media and online resources.