Gratitude, not hero worship

It is sad to see how Dr Lee Wei Ling has perceived the people's kind thoughts in commemorating the first death anniversary of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew ("Family feud over how to mark LKY's death spills out online"; yesterday).

I found the commemoration meaningful, especially by the youth, the very group of people many of us fear will take our nation's success for granted.

They did it so respectfully and creatively; it gave me hope for the nation.

It shows that though Mr Lee has been gone for a year, he is still remembered and continues to remain in many of our hearts.

It also reveals to us that Singaporeans are not soul-less beings devoid of feelings, especially love and gratitude.

What the people did was an expression of their love, respect, honour and gratitude towards Mr Lee for all that he and his team of founding fathers did for the nation.

It was not hero worship.

The late Mr Lee was considered the father of our nation, so the people found it fitting to commemorate the death anniversary of a father.

It helps us to remember his life's work in building up the nation, as well as the values that he would have liked us to imbibe in order for the nation to continue to succeed.

Let us give the people the freedom and space to commemorate Mr Lee's death anniversary.

In his lifetime, he graciously received many awards in recognition of his contributions, as well as celebrations of his birthday.

Surely, he would be gracious and appreciative of the efforts put in by the people, young and old, in commemorating his death anniversary.

It is not hero worship, but sincere love and gratitude towards one who deserves the honour of being remembered.

Chan Lai Chun (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2016, with the headline 'Gratitude, not hero worship'. Print Edition | Subscribe