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.

PMO

Announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

His legacy started 50 years ago which gave us the identity - Singaporeans!

He gave us an identity – Singaporeans!
50 years ago, he cried for the nation.
50 years later, the nation cries for him.

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.

Facebook Profile Pic.

Facebook Profile Pic.

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

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew.

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew, affectionately known as LKY.

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

From The Economist.

From The Economist.

“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!

Now, in October 2008, Papa knew that if Mama survived she would never be able to walk independently. But he felt that so long as she knew she was an important part of his life, she would still find life worth living. He told her: “We have been together for most of our lives. You cannot leave me alone now. I will make your life worth living in spite of your physical handicap.” She replied: “That is a big promise.” Papa said: “Have I ever let you down?”

Written by Lee Wei Ling
Published Oct 2, 2011
Love does indeed spring eternal
Now, in October 2008, Papa knew that if Mama survived she would never be able to walk independently. But he felt that so long as she knew she was an important part of his life, she would still find life worth living.
He told her: “We have been together for most of our lives. You cannot leave me alone now. I will make your life worth living in spite of your physical handicap.”
She replied: “That is a big promise.”
Papa said: “Have I ever let you down?”

LKY

Written by Lee Wei Ling
Published Aug 5, 2012
At Oxley Road, we value the frugal life
Growing old and dying occurs to all mortals, even those who once seemed like titanium.
When all is said and done, my father – and I too, despite my bouts of ill health – have lived lives that we can look back on with no regrets.
As he faces whatever remains of his life, my father’s attitude can be summed up by these lines in Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening”.

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.

"Rest on laurels? I wish I could do that. No, you rest when you're dead." - Lee Kuan Yew, The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew

A flag at half-mast at the Istana on March 23, 2015.
“Rest on laurels? I wish I could do that.
No, you rest when you’re dead.”
– Lee Kuan Yew, The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew, 1978.

Thank you Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.#noyewnous

Thank you Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
#NoYewNoUs

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.

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