Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Restaurant gives 100kg of flowers to crowds for Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral procession

Yellow jasmine petals - thousands of them - made a striking tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, thrown on the road as his cortege passed along a stretch of Jalan Bukit Merah.

The brilliant-coloured petals covered about 30m of the 3.5km road.

They were handed out for free to crowds lining the road near Indian restaurant Brinda's, located at Block 162, Bukit Merah Central. Restaurant staff gave out about 100kg of the fresh flowers, specially flown in from India.

Many threw the petals as Mr Lee's cortege passed by at 1.20pm; others left stalks of flowers on a grass patch nearby.

Managing director S. Veera, who paid $1,500 for the flowers, which were delivered the night before, said: "In Indian custom, throwing flower petals is a sign of showing respect and gratitude."

His shop, usually open 24 hours, also stopped its operations from noon to 4pm as a mark of respect to Mr Lee.

"We opened here in 2003, and this area used to be part of Tanjong Pagar GRC (where Mr Lee was an MP)," said Mr Veera.

"But giving these flowers is not about me or our shop; this is for the country. Mr Lee has laid the foundations and done a lot for Singapore."

Bukit Merah Central is part of the Radin Mas constituency, which was carved out from Tanjong Pagar GRC in 2011.

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