Sunday, 29th March 2015. A day of mourning for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. His state funeral today.
When the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew passed away last Monday at the age of 91, Singaporeans were in deep grief and sadness over the demise of the nation’s founding father. I have also written a blog post in tribute to this great man (check out that post by just scrolling down if you are interested). In these few days, the public from all walks of life were willing to queue up to 8 hours or more (many even overnight as seen in image below) just to pay their last respect to Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament House where his coffin is placed for public memorial service. That’s a strong sign of patriotism of Singaporeans to their first leader after independence.
Leaders from many countries across the world offered their condolences to Mr. Lee Hsien Loong (whom is the son of Lee Kuan Yew and the current Singapore’s Prime Minister) and his family. In fact, today, when Lee Kuan Yew’s state funeral will be held in the afternoon, a huge number of foreign leaders and dignitaries have confirmed their attendance as a mark of respect and a sign of how important and influential this man was to Asia and to the world. President of South Korea, Indonesia, Israel and Myanmar, Prime Minister of Japan, India, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, King of Malaysia, Vice President of China, Former President of United States (Bill Clinton) and several others will join the state funeral.
The world has lost a great man who not only contributed so much to the success of Singapore today but also helped mentor many leaders in various countries across the world. He was simply terrific and irreplaceable. Goodbye and rest in peace, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Eventhough I’m a Malaysian (not Singaporean), but being a neighbour of your prosperous and great nation, I do know all the good things you have done for the country. You certainly made Singaporeans proud. The world will miss you.
Look at how great Singapore is now,…all thanks to the great start and effort by Mr. Lee Kuan Yew as the country’s first Prime Minister. I’m always jealous of how great our neighbouring nation is, and how far behind Malaysia is. That’s a fact no matter how much we love and biased towards our own country, Malaysia. Why can’t our leaders act and work like him…it’s all for the sake of our country! But too bad, history can’t be changed. Singapore has become a famous and a strong developed nation, a very successful one out from nothing in the beginning, while Malaysia is lagging behind seriously right now. We can still change to improve, but our government…haiz…hopeless.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)