Various events organised to remember Mr Lee in March

An art installation made up of erasers printed with the Singaporean national flag, put together to form an image of founding father Lee Kuan Yew, on March 22, 2016.
An art installation made up of erasers printed with the Singaporean national flag, put together to form an image of founding father Lee Kuan Yew, on March 22, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

In the run-up to the first anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death on March 23, the National Youth Council, Youth Corps Singapore, and a company selling old-school Singapore games and snacks worked on an art installation.

It was a silhouette of the late Mr Lee's face, created by piecing together 4,877 rectangular erasers bearing the Singapore flag. It took six weeks and 110 young Singaporeans to construct the portrait, which was unveiled by Mr Lee's youngest brother, Mr Lee Suan Yew.

It was among some 100 events organised on the ground to remember the founding Prime Minister.

 
 
 
 

Some constituencies organised tree-planting and brisk-walking sessions, while schools used the morning assembly to talk about Mr Lee's contributions to Singapore.

On March 23, past and present MPs attended a ceremony at Old Parliament House in the morning.

Hours later, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reminded his Cabinet at their weekly meeting to hold firm to the ethos and values Mr Lee had stood for, in remarks streamed live on his Facebook page.

Dr Lee Wei Ling, Mr Lee's daughter, said she felt compelled to write about her disagreement over how her father was being remembered after seeing a photo of the artwork on the front page of The Straits Times on March 21. She posted a Facebook note on March 25, saying she acknowledged the artwork was a "well-meaning effort".

But she questioned whether the time, effort and resources could have been put to better use. She wrote: "It would be even better if we honour Lee Kuan Yew by working for the well-being of Singapore and Singaporeans."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2016, with the headline 'Various events organised to remember Mr Lee in March'. Print Edition | Subscribe