Over this past week, endless praises and reflections on Mr Lee Kuan Yew's life and contributions to Singapore have been aired in local TVs, Radios, Newspapers and online, but the praises have now also found their way into religious preachings, causing dissatisfaction among some.
- Mr Lee Kuan Yew Passes Away, 7 Days of National Mourning Declared
- Tan Wah-Piow: Lee Kuan Yew's Death will Set the People Free
- A Condolence Letter from Low Thia Khiang to PM Lee
- Goodbye Our Beloved Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew
- I will Not Mourn Lee Kuan Yew's Death, I Will Celebrate his Life
- S R Nathan: Lee Kuan Yew Saved us from Becoming a Communist State
- $20 Million or Probably More, Temasek must Disclose CEO’s Pay Package
- PM Lee on Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew: He Gave his Entire Life to Singapore
- PM Lee Declares State Funeral for Lee Kuan Yew
- Josephine Teo: Goodbye Mr. Lee Kuan Yew
Some dissidents and opponents of Lee Kuan Yew believe that, with the death of modern Singapore's iron-handed founding father this week, the political restrictions he imposed in the name of security will begin to ease. There is little sign of immediate change, however, as Lee's son, who is prime minister, has given no indication he will allow those in self-imposed exile an easy return home.
Queen Elizabeth II from the UK has sent condolence letters to PM Lee and President Tony Tan for the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. She wrote in two separate letters that she sent her condolences and she also praised Mr Lee Kuan Yew for his contributions to Singapore and to the good relations between the UK and Singapore.
Local Playwright Alfian Sa'at has taken issue with a recent Straits Times piece which he says has quoted him out of context. He had earlier posted an interesting satirical piece on Facebook poking fun at the seemingly endless accolades paid to Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his contributions to Singapore. It was a lengthy status putting out in satire an exaggerated account of some of the things that the media, Lee Kuan Yew supporters and mourners are crediting to Mr Lee.
Netizens on Hardware Zone have collectively laughed at a "PAP IB" (Internet Brigade) for his failed attempt to smear activist and blogger Ms Han Hui Hui. Posting on popular Lifestyle thread Eat Drink Man Woman, a user by the name Ultrasofty had started a thread titled 'Is Singapore police so stupid or Han Hui Hui is lying?'. In it, Ultrasofty wrote "Really wonder is Han Hui Hui high or something... She is quite imaginative hor?
OK here comes to follow up to my post on LKY's passing that has well and truly gone viral. I have spent a lot of time replying to some of the many messages left on that post and that has delayed me writing this piece but at the same time, I am glad that those messages have given me much food for thought.
1. Mass national mourning - an unprecedented 100,000 people might have poured out to pay their respect to LKY at Parliament House and more may join the queue today before the final journey tomorrow. This is most unprecedented and will probably exceed the mass hysterical mourning following the previous Princess Diana tragic accident death.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand is going to be flying all their flags at government departments and public buildings at half-mast on Sunday to show respect for Mr Lee Kuan Yew. This comes after news that India has declared Sunday a day of National Mourning for Mr Lee Kuan Yew as well.