Monday, March 23, 2015

Rest in Peace Mr Lee Kuan Yew (16 Sep 1923 - 23 Mar 2015)

Like usual once I woke up, I turned my mobile phone on. My What's App blinked. My mom wrote a message in our family group chat saying that our Singapore leader, Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away early this morning, at 3.18am, just like what my father predicted last Saturday, as they were waiting for a 'good day'. (Just like when human birth, people are hoping to get their children to be born in a good day and timing as we Chinese believe that it will affect the rest of his or her life's journey).

Singapore First Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew (Source:

Whatever it is, here, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to our Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong and his families for the passing of his beloved father who had spent his lifetime to build Singapore from the third world country to the first world country.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Lee Hsien Loong (Source:

Because of him Singaporean are mostly bilingual where English is used as a main language in school and working environment, while other languages, such as: Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil are used as a second language, mainly as daily conversation with fellow friends and family members.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew also put greater emphasize on the importance of education towards its citizens so that everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.

Singapore has become to what it is now also thank to him: clean and green environment, modern city, housing the nation, etc.

Singapore then and now (Source:

His famous quote:

"I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There is nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? 

A successful Singapore. 

What have I given up? 

My life."

~ Lee Kuan Yew ~

Thank you Mr Lee for everything! Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

Below is the message that I would like to pass on as extracted from Channel News Asia today:

Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew

Prime Minister declares period of National Mourning for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has declared a period of National Mourning from Mar 23 to 29 (Monday to Sunday).
The Prime Minister will be addressing the nation live at 8am on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. 
As a mark of respect to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the State flags on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast from Monday to Sunday, the PMO added.
A private family wake will be held from Monday to Tuesday at Sri Temasek.
Mr Lee’s body will lie in state at Parliament House from Wednesday to Saturday, for the public to pay their respects. Those who wish to pay their last respects at Parliament House can do so from 10am to 8pm daily from Wednesday to Saturday, the PMO said.
A State Funeral Service will be held at 2pm on Sunday at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, it added.
The State Funeral Service will be attended by the late Mr Lee’s family, friends and staff, the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Old Guards, senior civil servants, grassroots leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life. The State Funeral Service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.
Condolence books and cards will be available in front of Istana by the Main Gate from Monday to Sunday, for those who wish to pen their tributes to the late Mr Lee. Condolence books will also be opened at all Overseas Missions for overseas Singaporeans and friends.
The public can express their condolences and share their memories of the late Mr Lee at the official website,


Norbu Wangdi said...

I join with all the Singaporean citizens in paying the deepest condolences.

dumcho wangdi said...

I have heard of him. Memorized so many quotes made from his own words. Seen many people quoting him as an exemplary leader: a leader of vision and determination.
Rest in peace. I share the grief with the fellow citizens of your country.
People like him certainly needs to be cherished and respected forever.

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you very much Norbu!

Rima Reyka said...

It is Dumcho. Thank you for your sincere and kind thought!

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to all Singaporeans for the loss of such a great soul. I have heard about him and his tremendous contributions to the success of Singapore. May his soul rest in peace. God bless him and Singapore....

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you Amrith Sir! I hope they can feel your sincere wish and condolences. I appreciate it so much.

Sonam Tenzin said...

God bless the man who built Singapore.

Rest in peace Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you Sonam for conveying your sincere wishes here! Wish you have a good day!

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