LKY. Need we say more. People say, has it been one year already. I remember last year, 23 March 2015 as a nation mourns. Today, the nation remembers him. Even the remembrance sites are low key, just how LKY likes it.
He is not a fanfare kinda guy and a fiercely private person. His son, Lee Hsien Loong, current Prime Minister of Singapore had this to say “Mr Lee was very careful never to allow a personality cult to grow around him, much less to encourage one himself. He was exceptional in this respect among post-colonial leaders and founders of countries. They were larger-than-life figures, and often developed personality cults around themselves.”
“Hence, you will not find portraits or busts of Mr Lee Kuan Yew all over Singapore. He did have his portrait painted and his bust made, but he did not allow them to be displayed publicly.”
“Mr Lee was also very careful when it came to lending his name to institutions and awards, said the Prime Minister. “When he consented, it was for causes that he was passionate about and where using his name served a greater purpose,” he said. “He was intent on showing his support for the cause or institution, rather than using the honour to glorify himself.”
But inspite of fiercely guarded he is, we do know some personal facts about him. He had a sweet tooth and
he LOVES chocolate ice-cream.
We also know he stopped smoking after he lost his voice while making a speech at a grassroots event in Tanjong Pagar. We also found it sweet that his lovely wife Mdm Kwa Geok Choo will say something to the extent of “Let me share that dessert with you” and he would have agree and it is her way of making sure he maintains his health and diet.
Regardless, we still regard him as a badass and a defender of Asian pride against the westerners. See my other blog post auld lang syne.
We miss you.
Mr Teh Terik
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