Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Farewell, Mrs Lee Kuan Yew

Courtesy of CNA

Farewell, Mrs Lee

I was having dinner with friends when I received the first text  message of Mrs Lee's demise. Everyone at the table turned silent when I announced the news.

This morning I went with grassroot leaders from Mountbatten Constituency to Sri Temasek (the official residence of the Prime Minister) at the Istana to pay our last respects to the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew.

Present at the wake this morning were PM Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching and his brother Lee Hsien Yang.

For the past two days, thousands of people including foreign visitors have turned up to pay their respects. At the entrance of the Istana, buses were ready to ferry them to Sri Temasek. 

Mrs Lee's passing is a loss to Singapore. She was an exceptional woman who had contributed much to our country in her own quiet ways. I did not know much about her until these few days when I read the tributes in the papers.

MM Lee and Mrs Lee are well-known to be a very loving couple. We hope MM Lee would be strong and take care of himself. He is very much on the thoughts and prayers of many Singaporeans.

Today is the last day the public can pay respects to Mrs Lee. Tomorrow, a private funeral will be held.  


  1. My deepest condolence to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and his family.

  2. I am touched by the love between MM Lee and Mrs Lee.

    Having read and heard much about Mrs Lee over the past few days, I have a lot of respect of the work that she has done in building her family, and in supporting MM Lee throughout his political years.

  3. Mrs. Lee's demise is a great loss to Singapore.

  4. The sight of MM Lee staring at his wife's memorial (新明日報 )is quite heart-wrenching. Hope MM Lee stays strong

  5. My deepest condolences to the Lee family. May Mrs. Lee Kuan Yew rest in peace.

  6. Yes, a great loss for Singapore! She is such a role model for women and her love for MM is so touching!

  7. May she RIP. It's a sad loss for the nation.

  8. Poor Mr. Lee. Prayers to Mr. Lee and his family.