Monday, March 23, 2015

Rest in Peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

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It has been days since speculations about the worsening health condition of LKY started circulating online. All eyes were on the Prime Minister's official website for the latest (positive) news. Prayers and well wishes were pouring in the Prime Minister's Facebook wall. But today, a disheartening news brought tears not only to Singaporeans here and abroad but to those who have called Singapore their home for years. 

After being hospitalized for more than a month due to severe pneumonia, the Father of Singapore has succumbed to ill health. Monday, which generally would have been seen as a start to the bright week, became a day of mourning for millions, gloom reaching across the globe. Singapore has lost a very important part of it's history, four months shy of the country's 50th National Day.

I was actually looking forward to SG50 and lined up some activities and places to visit (and revisit) in time for the grand (festive) celebration. Our family has only been here for 15 years. We've only seen a third or so of the country's history. But in that span of time I've come to know (and love) things about this country (affordable education, equal opportunities for those who strive to achieve more, good food), its people (some of whom have become very close friends) and its Founding Father (even though I may have not personally gotten close to him). We have called this country our home. All of the good and great things we've experienced in this country was because of the hardships and hard work of the leaders of Singapore. The most important one being Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

The Founding Prime Minister of Singapore. 

The man who ruled with an iron fist. 

"Profoundly intelligent. Compellingly articulate. Obsessively passionate." - Yahoo Singapore

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As I watched a recording of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speech this morning, I shed a tear. If there was one person who would have hurt the most, it was him. Let us respect his, and his family's, wishes. "Even as we mourn his passing, let us honor his spirit". 

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No words can ever describe our gratitude for all that you have done for your country, our home. A safe environment to raise our families. A country that is full of possibilities.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, you will forever be remembered. Your spirit will live on.

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