Like majority ordinary citizens, I did not have the chance to meet Mr Lee Kuan Yew face-to-face. I only knew him from the media and books on him. Yet I felt a sense of heaviness this morning at 5 am after having read the passing away of Mr Lee. For the past few days, PMO had been prepping us about his failing health. The ultimate had to happen and yet I quietly harboured hope that Mr Lee could recover and bounce back to celebrate SG50 with us.
Singapore is country of my birth. My father was 15 years older than Mr Lee and my mother was just one year younger. Mr Lee belonged to my parents’ generation and my view of him is one of son-to-parent type. It is one of respect for an elder.
Without doubt, Mr Lee Kuan Yew had impacted our lives in Singapore in significant ways. I lived through the government policies and see my life transformed from one of just fulfilling basic needs to one having the envy of nations.
Whatever people may think of Mr Lee and with his passing, his words and deeds would be just memories. May Mr Lee Kuan Yew leave this world with peace in his heart.