I was among the crowd that paid tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew outside the Istana and at Parliament House yesterday. We stood shoulder-to-shoulder to send off the man who made us who we are today. The queue was long and the heat and humidity were hard to bear. Yet, no tempers flared in the 8-hours long queue into Parliament House. I saw Ministers escorting families with elderly and children onto the express lane. Those who were there swapped their usual shorts and slippers for more appropriate attires of solemn black and white to honor our Founding Father. There were silent tears but no hysteria. Acts of kindness from nearby business establishments which provided free drinks, snacks, chairs and even white roses. I felt a great sense of pride being a Singaporean on this day. I experienced the First World Nation that is part of Mr Lee’s vision.
Just a simple tribute to my fellow Singaporeans as well as those who worked hand-in-hand with us to make this tiny Nation great .