Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

PM Lee Hsien Loong thanks all who attended Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral service

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong late on Sunday night thanked all the guests who attended the state funeral service held for his father, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

"Our heartfelt thanks to our guests, especially those who travelled miles to attend today's service," PM Lee said on his Facebook page, addressing the 2,200 people who attended the ceremony on Sunday, March 29.

Referring to the funeral procession that took the late Mr Lee's body through Singapore on his final journey, PM Lee said: "As the procession made its way from Parliament House to the State Funeral Service at the University Cultural Centre, 100,000 lined the streets in heavy rain, to bid farewell to my father. My family and I are deeply touched."

 

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PM Lee also shared five photos accompanying his post on Facebook.

The first was of his father lying in state in Parliament. He explained that when Mr S. Rajaratnam, one of Singapore's founding fathers, died in 2006 and was lying in state at the Istana, the elder Mr Lee said that felt Parliament was a "much more appropriate" place. PM Lee said he had no doubt that his father was also thinking of himself when he said that.

"It is where MPs, the representatives of the people, meet; and the people are the source of the government's legitimacy and power," he said.

His other photos were of him having a "last few quiet moments" with his father before the ceremonies began, of the 100,000 people who lined the streets to send Singapore's founding father off, of the rainy weather, and of everyone at the service singing the national anthem Majulah Singapura.

"Perhaps I imagined things, but it sounded more rousing than I have heard before," he said.

He later shared a video of his eulogy at Mandai, where his family had a private cremation for the late Mr Lee.

PM Lee on Monday also changed his Facebook profile picture to that of him looking over the Kallang Basin.

 jalmsab@sph.com.sg