Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Celebrities, both local and foreign, pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE- Singaporeans and world leaders are not the only ones paying tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Both local and foreign celebrities have also stepped forward to pay their respects.

Indian film star Rajinikanth, who has 1.63 million followers on Twitter, tweeted on Monday: "Indeed a dark day, as a leader I admired has passed on. I feel your sorrow S'pore. A true loss of a path breaking politician. #RIPLeeKuanYew".

Korean-American musician and YouTube video producer David Choi, wrote on his Facebook page that Singaporeans are blessed, and that the support and funding that the government gives towards the arts is "an amazing thing".

"As an American, and more importantly, someone who has been lucky enough to have experienced a lot of the world, I set foot into Singapore with amazement of how well run and efficient the country is," he said.

He added: "Yes, there are problems in every country, but Singaporeans, let me tell you, you're pretty blessed. And Mr Lee Kuan Yew did a great job with the place you Singaporeans call home. And that's why I always come back. RIP Mr Lee Kuan Yew."

Other celebrities who were either born here or live here also remembered the role that Mr Lee has played.

"This man spent his whole life building, reforming, improving the country, integrating the different races, so that everyone has a safe and prosperous home. Thank you for your selfless contributions, Mr Lee. Rest in peace," Taiwanese actress Kate Pang, who is based in Singapore, wrote.

 

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Singaporean singers Kit Chan, Ming Bridges and JJ Lin kept it to a simple "RIP Mr Lee. Thank you."

 

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Julia Nickson, Singapore-born actress who most famously starred in Rambo, First Blood Part II in 1985, wrote on her Facebook:"I was born and raised in Singapore and tonight Singaporeans, as well as those who were privileged to spend time in this beautiful city, bid farewell to Lee Kuan Yew, one of the most extraordinary leaders the world has ever known. Deepest condolences to his family and to those of us who are proud to call Singapore home."

 

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