For those who did not read my about page or the author widget on my sidebar, I was born in Singapore and have lived in this country for most of my life.
The reason for this post is because on Monday, Singapore’s first prime minister [Harry] Lee Kuan Yew passed away on Monday 23rd March. He was 91 years old when he passed away at Singapore General Hospital. Today is the day of the state funeral for Lee Kuan Yew, where he will be laid to rest.
For those unaware of Singapore’s history, he is attributed with being Singapore’s founding father and bringing its status as a third world country to first world country within a single generation. He could also be attributed helping Singapore gain its independence from British colonial rule then later, helping it stand as a nation after the failed merger with Malaysia. He was Singapore’s prime minister for three decades before stepping down.
He was still active in politics despite stepping down as prime minister, serving as Senior Minister in 1990 to his successor and later held the post of Minister Mentor till 2011. In year 2011, he retired from politics altogether but still kept a watchful eye on Singapore’s progress.
Singapore had a national mourning period that begun on Monday and will end later today at the conclusion of the state funeral.
“Foreign dignitaries from more than 20 countries are among 2,200 guests […] including Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Cambodian President Hun Sen, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former US President Bill Clinton” quote taken from –http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/live-updates-the-state/1750390.html
Thank you Lee Kuan Yew for everything you have done for Singapore. From safeguarding Singapore’s independence to ensuring its continued survival in the later years. Your legacy will continue to live on. While I am not considered a citizen of Singapore, I am proud and consider myself to be a pseudo-Singaporean. Singapore is my home, and it wouldn’t be possible if Lee Kuan Yew didn’t fight for its independence and ensure its survival in the later years.
May you rest in peace Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
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