This is my favourite photo of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. That warm smile makes me feel close to him, as if he is my grandfather. That smile is genuinely happy and comforting.
From where Mr Lee sat, he could pretty much see everything that he put his life into. The Central Business District which represents Singapore’s prosperous economy, many tall buildings that represent Singapore’s architectural development, the many contingents that represent Singapore’s defence, and many many Singaporeans who have been part of the nation’s growth.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew is an amazing leader who led his team, against all odds, to build Singapore into a first world country. Sure, there are those who disagree with his ways, but where would Singapore be without his ways?
Mr Lee is well-respected by many, even beyond our own shores. I remember hearing stories about leaders of other countries who paid Mr Lee a visit before they took on their leadership roles, just so they could get some advice from Mr Lee.
Watching the video of our PM Lee Hsien Loong make the official announcement about Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, I was saddened. To Singaporeans, we have lost an exceptional leader but to PM Lee, he has lost his father and his mentor. As if it wasn’t enough, PM Lee had the task of making the announcement. I watched as PM Lee paused from time to time, and took a quick sip of water between his Mandarin and English speeches. He was trembling.
To PM Lee and your family, thank you for having shared Mr Lee Kuan Yew with us, whether you had a choice or not.
To Mr Lee Kuan Yee, you were amazing. You are still amazing. Thank you for having exceptional bravery and foresight. May your legacy live on as we push on as a nation.
One of our old National Day songs seem to fit our beloved Mr Lee Kuan Yew very well.
“He had a vision for tomorrow, just believe, just believe
He had a goal for Singapore, we can achieve, we can achieve.”