Since 17th March 2015 after our PM's update that our founding father, MR LKY's condition has worsened, everyday when I wake up, the first thing I do despite having trouble opening my eyes is to check his Facebook for updates. No news is always good news.
But today, its different. While squinting my eyes scrolling through Facebook, I saw Xiaxue's update, then PM's and then shortly after the news was also confirmed on Twitter. I sprang out of bed at 7.30am. Instead of hitting the 5min snooze like I always every working weekdays mornings, I quickly showered to watch the PM's address at 8am.
The address was first delivered in Malay, then Chinese and English.
Seeing PM's voice cracked during the Chinese speech and having to pause several seconds to recompose himself, my heart sank. I could not hold it in any longer and started to cry.
(pictures gotten online and linked to original source if possible)
|The view of General Post Office from Singapore River Year: 1940|
Next couple of pictures from CNN's article in 2010:
|Marina Bay Then|
|Marina Bay Now|
|Orchard Road Then|
|Orchard Road Now|
|Boat Quay Then|
|Picture taken from virtourist.com: Boat Quay Now|
We rose from a 3rd world country to the 1st in 50years. Yes, MR LKY may not have done it himself but without his leadership, guidance and strict iron-fist rule, there is no way we could have done it. I am thankful for all he has done for this country.
I am grateful to be a Singaporean. Given the opportunity to live in comfort and in a relatively clean and safe country. Comparing to other countries where corruption is rampant, I would say our government is relatively clean. Yes, there were complains here and there about how Singapore has become and how irritated I was but it does not mean I am not thankful.
Think about it. We could have still been living in these conditions... Unstable electricity supply, water supply, sanitation, medical welfare, education etc....
|picture taken by Mr Quek Tiong Swee. donated to NLB|
How not to be thankful and grateful? Which also makes me question on the intention and motives of those who can spread rumours of his death a week earlier? Those who criticise him and his family. Those who can just verbally attack them at this junction?
Without his contributions, we would not be even having air-conditioned transportations, steady supply of electricity, clean water to drink from the tap and the ever most important WIFI now to use. You may not agree with him but please show some decency and respect at this point, to him and his family.
No one is perfect ok but he did his very best for this country during the darkest of times. We are just reaping the benefits right now and yet people can just shoot off their mouths and say awful things. I feel damn angry just thinking about it.
HOW CAN THEY EVEN????
I really fear for the future of Singapore. Would there be another 50yrs to come and beyond?
We as ordinary citizens cannot do much on a political scale for we are not diplomats or leaders but I guess we could contribute to the nation by being a law abiding citizen. Exercise restrain, tolerance and have respect for the practices of other religions/race.
Rest In Peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
I will do my best in my part as a citizen of Singapore. Thank you for all that you have done either good or bad cause I believe you have done it with the best interest for Singapore.
Thank you, Mr & Mrs Lee.
Read more about the late MR LKY here:
Other sources/reads:1. CNN
2. The Guardian