This morning at around 6.20am, I opened up my Whatsapp and saw the message from my sister informing us of the passing of our Singapore’s 91-year-old Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I immediately visited the Prime Minister’s Office website and saw the official announcement. Tears fell.
Later, I found out that our current Prime Minister Lee would address the nation at 8am, which was the time that my little one had to be at school. I sent him to school and while waiting outside his school gate, I visited the Channel News Asia website to get live streaming of our PM Lee’s emotional speech. He is the son of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
After I reached home, I quickly turned on the TV which I seldom do to watch the Channel News Asia’s special segment of Remembering Lee Kuan Yew. As I listened to the interviews with people who have previously worked with our founding father of modern Singapore, I gained greater understanding and appreciation for his pragmatic leadership and the many great challenges he had to overcome to bring Singapore to where it is today. Without him, I can’t imagine what Singapore would be like today. More tears followed.
Our PM Lee has declared a period of national mourning from today till Sunday, 29 March. My heart is heavy and I’m saddened by the passing of our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I believe many Singaporeans here and abroad are too feeling the deep loss of his passing away. I have a few words to express my gratitude to our founding father.
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew for your unyielding resolve, passion and dedication towards building up our nation.
You’ve transformed our little red dot, a multiracial and multicultural society into a successful nation where I can proudly call home, where I can feel safe walking down the streets at night, where I can see greenery everywhere in our garden city, and where under your solid leadership, our nation has progressed from a third world nation into a first world nation.
With your farsighted policies, we have a bilingual education where English is the common language connecting Singaporeans to other races and the world, and our own mother tongues connecting our people to our own ethnic roots and cultures.
You’ve forged so hard to build up harmonious relations with our neighboring countries and the world, always having the best interests of our nation on your mind, safeguarding our nation’s peace and prosperity.
You may be gone, but your legacy, your love for your family, your people and your nation will continue to live on, in the hearts of Singaporeans. Farewell Mr Lee, our nation’s founding father. May you rest in peace.