He built a nation and a people in his image. In each of us, there is a space that Mr Lee Kuan Yew occupies–we are products of his beliefs, his convictions and his governance. Even as he departs, he lives on in all Singaporeans, who are the heirs of nation that he built. We, the heirs, have just lost our father. They say you can’t choose your parents. In this respect, Singaporeans are one of the luckiest of them all. Mr Sidek Saniff says such a person comes along once in a few decades. Consider the chances of such a person appearing right at the tumultuous time that we were going through, in the situation we were in, with the team that he had. I’d say maybe once a century or two.
So we mourn the loss of and say a final farewell to the philosopher-king, the father who made us, molded us, disciplined us, and dare I say, loved us. We love you back as children would to a father and hope and pray that we shall meet again.
This week is the week that the Prime Minister of my country visited the country I am in. Exciting times. Got a few stories to share.
In this story, PM Lee Hsien Loong credited a train attendant for being normal (thanks Jon for the lead).
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with his wife Ho Ching, sharing a light moment with train lead service attendant John Laliberte, 57, on being a fellow left-hander after Mr Laliberte took his meal order. They were travelling on the regular Acela Express from Washington, DC to New York City on Wednesday. — ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
This after meeting President Obama the most powerful lefty in the world. Here they are seen trying to cope with the demands of a right-handed world.
And finally, the Pentagon loaded of a video of the Malawi Leader received by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and titled the video as PM Lee’s visit (this is a useless link showing that the Pentagon has already removed the vid, let me know if you clicked it, and I will have a good laugh at you, then refer you to this link which beat our friends at The Pentagon Channel to it). This caused a huge furore amongst 40% of the population in my home, with another 40% unaware and apathetic, and the remaining 20% illiterate.
I’m not an Englishman in New York, but I think I know how Sting felt.