Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Burgers, biscuits and drinks for those waiting in line to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE - Undergraduate Koh Kang Liang was lauded by netizens after he was spotted handing out burgers to those queueing to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

The Singapore Management University student was photographed by The New Paper as he gave out about 20 chicken burgers to those in line near the Padang.

Facebook users have left numerous comments like "good job" and "Singapore spirit" on his profile page.

Mr Koh, 23, told The Straits Times: "I had friends who were queuing from 2pm onwards and ended about 8pm. Quite certain that most of them had to skip meals in order to pay their respects to Mr Lee. It dawned on me that I can do my bit for the people who joined the queue in the evening."

On Wednesday night, he posted a message on Facebook asking if his friends in the queue needed dinner.

Later, he updated that there were "no significant number of orders", but he would buy some food and "randomly distribute".

He also said he will distribute food again on Thursday and Friday night.

A few netizens questioned if Mr Koh was seeking publicity for his actions, but he responded on Facebook: "I personally apologise if my acts and comments have irritated you, but I assure you that this will NOT go on my resume."

Mr Koh is not the only one to offer food or drinks to mourners, as the lying in state for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House started.

The queue was so long that the waiting time for most of Wednesday was 8 hours, and it was still three hours as of 6am on Thursday.

Businesses that the queue snaked past, such as Fullerton Hotel, and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh gave out water to people in line. So did a group of unionists from the Union of Power and Gas Employees.

Asian Civilisations Museum staff gave out paper fans, while Florist Artisan De Fleurs offered free flowers to those who were paying their respects to Mr Lee.

Facebook user Nick Sim also posted: "While queuing up, there are many giving drinks and biscuits to those in the queue. When asked where are they from. They replied 'from Singapore'."

a group of unionists decided that, instead of queuing to pay respect to Mr Lee, they would rather volunteer to help distribute water to the public.