“LEE KUAN YEW !!! LEE KUAN YEW !!!” The people SHOUTED as rain poured, tears in Singapore men, myself, families. WOW…THIS is LOVE . And a great one..GREAT LOVE. Emotions rarely if ever seen, and in such a massive way.

» Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in General | 2 comments

Lee Kuan Yew (1)For the first time in my life, 58 years in Singapore, I will say : ” Who said Singaporeans don’t cry? Who says we are not emotional??

We do cry…but it takes a lot..a huge, giant lot of work. One man.”

Old men around me. Me too, aged 58.

Women from 29 to 89 SHOUTED with the men, crying…I did not just cry…I found myself crying…strange to me, even I cry at movies.

This I cried because I was overwhelmed by the sight, sound, rain, the coffin…yes..THE COFFIN.

The coffin of Lee Kuan Yew. That was TOO much for me.

It blew my emotions away.

That coffin, the glass casing, that damned gun carriage…it was suddenly reality.

He is gone.

Really gone.

Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who helped transform the sleepy port into one of the world’s richest nations, died Monday, March 23, 2015, the government said. He was 91.

I must be a wimp. But for the MAN of Mr Lee, I am proud to be seen as a wimp next to his greatness.

I always admired him. From FAR far away.

But I never realised that I was actually VERY much (subconsciously) concerned for him, sad, even drowned by my feelings, that I could feel LOSS.

The sight of the coffin, made my legs weak, and I kneeled…emotionally worn, or struck down.

Key dates in the life of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore and the city-state’s first and longest-serving prime minister.

— Sept. 16, 1923: Lee is born in Singapore, then a British colony.

— 1942-45: Education at Raffles College is interrupted by Japanese occupation of Singapore during World War II.

— 1946: Goes to England and studies law at Cambridge University, where he was known as Harry, a name his grandfather called him.

— 1947: Secretly marries Kwa Geok Choo, fellow student at Cambridge.

— 1950: Returns to Singapore.

— 1954: Helps form People’s Action Party, becomes party’s secretary-general.

— 1955: Wins seat in legislative assembly, starts law firm Lee & Lee with his wife.

— 1959: Lee becomes Singapore’s first prime minister after People’s Action Party wins decisively in general election. Britain grants Singapore self-governance in all matters except defense and foreign affairs.

— 1963: Lee declares Singapore’s full independence from Britain, joins with Malaya to form Federation of Malaysia.

— 1965: Singapore splits from Malaysia to become independent.

— 1968, 1976, 1980: Under Lee, ruling party wins all seats in parliamentary elections.

— 1990: After Singapore enjoys more than two decades of spectacular economic growth, Lee resigns as prime minister. He is appointed senior minister and continues to wield influence.

— 2004: Son Lee Hsein Loong becomes Singapore’s third prime minister.

— 2011: Gives up Cabinet minister post and resigns from executive committee of the People’s Action Party after it fared relatively poorly in parliamentary elections.

— Feb. 5, 2015: Hospitalized with severe pneumonia.

— March 23, 2015 – Lee dies at Singapore General Hospital.

Thanks to all the pictures I “borrowed” online.

BUT Note:

This post has an old picture that captions:

FILE – In this file photo, Jan. 13 1,968, Singapore’s then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew speaks at a press conference after his arrival at Heathrow Airport in London. Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who helped transform the sleepy port into one of the world’s richest nations, died Monday, March 23, 2015, the government said. He was 91.(AP Photo/Laurence Harris, File) (Laurence Harris)

Words from long ago as 1968!!!!!

The image of him on this post is MY personal favourite…a 1968 picture. At his fearsome self. Well dressed. Corthay shoes. Saville Row clothing. Cool as in Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin and Sinatra cool.

These men are out of stock, no longer made.

Not at all.

Good bye

Goodbye

Mr Lee Kuan Yew…a global giant of men, among great men, my very best of thanks.

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2 Comments

  1. Bernard Cheong

    my singular memory of him 1968, the jacket and the eyes..the fist.

  2. Lee Kwan Yew, a true statesman who put his country and his countrymen above everything else. A man with a velvet glove over an iron fist, thrusting Singapore into the international sphere.

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