Tanjong Pagar CC sets aside space for residents to leave cards, gifts for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE - Grassroots leaders at Tanjong Pagar GRC, where former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is an MP, have set aside a special area for residents to place get-well cards and other gifts for Mr Lee.

The designated space in the Tanjong Pagar Community Club art gallery will be open over the weekend from 9am to 10pm.

More than 200 people dropped by on Friday night to leave cards and gifts for Mr Lee, 91, who has been critically ill since Tuesday. Some also signed a banner in the gallery that said "Get well soon, Mr Lee Kuan Yew".

Mr Freddy Ang, branch secretary of Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru, said the area was set up at about 7.30pm on Friday, mainly because the area's grassroots leaders had been receiving many calls from residents expressing concern about Mr Lee.

"I got so many calls today that my battery went flat four times," he said.

Mr Lim Cheng Kheng, the chairman of the Tanjong Pagar Community Club Management Committee, said well-wishers can now go to the community club instead of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), where Mr Lee is warded.

"This is in response to residents' requests that they want to thank Mr Lee and wish him well," he said.

"Then they don't have to flood SGH, which is a public place and a hospital."

Housewife Zhao Min, 49, who signed the banner on Friday, said she wished Mr Lee "good health and a speedy recovery".

"I really hope he can recover," she said. "He has made Singapore the place it is today."