SINGAPORE - The Malay and Muslim community came together on Thursday to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Yayasan Mendaki was joined by other Malay and Muslim organisations such as the Singapore Muslim Women's Association or PPIS, and Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML) in paying tribute to Singapore's first Prime Minister at Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre.
Ms Rahayu Mohamad, president of PPIS, read a poem titled A Great Man, which described Mr Lee's dedication to building Singapore as a tribute to him.
She said Mr Lee's firmness educated Singaporeans to be pragmatic and to focus on development, which she thinks the younger generation has to continue to learn to ensure stability and progress.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, who started the tribute session, said it is a difficult moment for everyone, especially for him as he had worked closely with Mr Lee.
"We are indeed very lucky to have someone like Mr Lee who was always on the lookout for things that he could do to help improve the state of the Malay and Muslim community and I think we can point to many of his contributions," he said.
"He may have been misunderstood at times; I think that is inevitable. But at the end of the day, I think we have to look at the good of what a man has done."