Dr Lee Wei Ling, thank you for sharing

Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and daughter Wei Ling on board a boat during a visit to China in 1980.
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and daughter Wei Ling on board a boat during a visit to China in 1980. ST FILE PHOTO

When I lost my dad in 2011. I was devastated. He passed away in his sleep. I was shocked. He was all right and normal in the morning and by noon he was gone. I am relieved that he did not suffer and passed away in the best way anyone can hope for.

But  it was a horrible feeling to lose someone you love. Now, almost five years later,  the pain has lessened.

When Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away, I cried the whole week and I still do whenever I watch any videos or read any articles about him. I admire him since young. But unfortunately I never got the chance to meet him in person.

When he passed away I was one of the hundreds of thousands who queued for hours to pay my last respects at Parliament House with my two children in tow. I know how Dr Lee feels about losing her father. Mr Lee Kuan Yew is our "father". He is a great man. We all love him. It's not easy to get over the pain. But it will get better as time goes by. I am sure Mr Lee would want to see all Singaporean to work hard and carry on his legacy and he will be watching over us from up above.

I was born in 1976, though I didn't go through the tumultuous times, I appreciate the peace and order we have now. I am forever thankful to Mr Lee and his colleagues for giving us what we have now and will never take it for granted.

Thanks to Dr Lee's  family for "sharing" Mr Lee with us.  I  was in tears when I sang Majulah Singapura and reading out the Pledge on National Day last month. But they were  tears of happiness and gratitude.

Oh and yes, my parents named me Wei Ling because after having had three sons, they were pleasantly surprised to finally have a daughter and they didn't know what to name me. So they thought they will name me Wei Ling as that's the name for Mr Lee Kuan Yew's only daughter.  I hope to read another of Dr Lee's article soon soon.


I am a Singaporean who had lived overseas for 11 years. Like Dr  Lee, I don't emote much. I would miss Singapore  terribly but would never show it out. Finally I decided to come back and had three boys here: true-blue Singaporeans. 

When I was away I would think of all the times my mom was with me, the mornings at breakfast when I saw her. She was a single mother working two jobs to sustain me and my older sisters.

I remember coming back to an empty house, a latch-key key child since Secondary 1. I would look forward to my mom coming back at 11.30 pm post her afternoon shift. I was brought up in an environment where emotions were hardly displayed and tears were seen as a sign of weakness. Despite this, I badly missed my small family when I was away.

Being there for her father in his last five years and now being without him and her mother will  be a solemn feeling for Dr Lee but instead of crying, we look for solutions and the next day instead of wallowing in the past. I salute you for your dedication and most importantly  for respecting those who had played a vital role in the lives of our father Lee Kuan Yew in his last years.  Respect and yes, I too am an Indian Hakka woman! We rise from the ashes!

I thank Lee Wei Ling for her personal insights especially since the passing of her father on March 23. Through her columns, an ordinary citizen like me obtained a personal insight of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

This in a way heals the pain in my heart too, to know that Mr Lee had such good care in his remaining days. I strongly feel that as Mr and Mrs Lee have already given their lives for our country,  we should and must respect their last wishes to demolish their marital home.  This is the last thing we can do for Mr and Mrs Lee. 

I was born in 1967, and my father died when I was three years old.  I have only one sibling, a younger sister born shortly after my father passed away. 

My father was Teochew and my mother, Hakka.  Indeed she is not only physically strong (no minor illness like flu all my life that I have known her) but spiritually robust.  She raised us up single handedly, made sure we had our education and piano training even.

Unlike Dr Lee, I inherited less of the Hakka blood as I cry....buckets. I cried every day for two weeks since March 23 after learning of Mr Lee's passing. Mr Lee may not know when he was alive that we, his beloved citizens,  love him.  I believe he knows now.  Dr Lee can take comfort in that we all feel the pain, we feel your pain.   Dr Lee had privilege of f being Mr Lee's daughter and we the priviledge to have him as our founding father of our country.  

Having read Dr Lee Wei Ling's article on her Special Thanks this National Day,  I would like to highlight that the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew had been truly blessed with having Dr Lee by his side tending to his every needs.  Being a caregiver myself to a mother who's down with stroke, it's no easy task being a caregiver and Dr Lee ought to be lauded for her selfless dedicated care and concern towards her late father.

I've enjoyed reading Lee Wei Ling's articles in The Straits Times. She seems to speak from her heart in her articles. I hope she will continue to write to us through The Straits Times. I've also lived through the tumultuous early years of Singapore's independence and I am very grateful to Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his team. Because of him, Singaporeans shall not be ignored.

Because of him, Singaporeans can hold our heads up high wherever we go. This National Day, I remember Dr Lee's father even more fondly.  And, yes, I still miss him.

I'm touched with what Lee Wei Ling has written about her father. Lee Kuan Yew was my greatest inspiration. When Dr Lee's brother, Prime MInister Lee Hsien Loong gave his eulogy, I was in tears ( like Dr Lee, I did not shed a tear when my father passed away). I was very impressed with Mr Lee Kuan Yew's foresight in turning a Third World slum into a First World city.

I virtually witnessed the entire process having journeyed from my home state in Perak, Malaysia to Singapore in 1971 at age 17 to look for work. Jobs were hard to find in those days. I witnessed the transformation of the foul-smelling and filthy Singapore river to its pristine state first-hand because I lunched at the hawker stalls by the river daily near my workplace in Raffles Place.

I never missed Mr Lee's speeches on TV. Singapore  is so fortunate to have Mr Lee as its founder. I know Singapore like the back of my hand and was crestfallen when I had to leave this beautiful country when I failed to obtain permanent residency. Still, I am grateful to have been a resident in your wonderful country for almost 40 years. It is still my dream to be able to live in Singapore.

Lee Wei Ling's "Papa" Lee Kuan Yew was not only a father to her and her brothers but also to all Singaporeans. He cared for Singaporeans like a father for his children. I remember having had a difficult time in getting a job after I completed Senior Cambridge or Secondary 4  in  1963.  Now life for Singaporeans feels like a cakewalk because we are affluent. I am forever grateful to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

You must move on Lee Wei Ling, your parents had done a great job for Singapore.

I cried when i was reading your eulogy on line in Basel. God be with you, In his Grace.