I thought I would never blog again. However, Singapore lost her founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Monday morning. We lost our hero who built this country from scraps, we had nothing but only ourselves.
This entry was a last minute one, after six days of his death, endless of facebook posts, tweets, millions of tributes online and on print, his stories on television, I thought I better draft this out on my personal space for keeps (and in case we forget where our roots come from). Here goes, my little tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Thank you for your education policy, so every boy and girl in this nation can learn to read and write in English and their mother tongue (some of us even learn a third, fourth language so we could be more useful in future), to be able to start a living when we graduate.
Thank you for your law and order policy, so we can walk on the streets without having to worry about getting robbed, leaving our doors open without worrying about thefts.
Thank you for your water preservation policy, so we can be less dependent on Malaysia for our very basic need, being able to survive on ourselves as a nation.
Thank you for your green policy, for planting trees all over the land, so we can shelter ourselves from the sweltering heat, yet beautify our country.
Thank you for defense policy, so we can feel safe living in the world of giants. Being part of the armed forces allows me to have the chance to protect this land you’ve created, I feel proud.
Thank you for preserving our cultures despite our multi-racial society, ensuring we live in harmony, despite all our differences.
Thank you for taking up the leadership when no one else did, thank you for fighting for our freedom, fighting against all odds, all for this piece of land.
Thank you for the courage to step up against everybody who stood in the way, anybody who didn’t conform to a better Singapore.
Thank you for putting Singapore onto the world map, so everybody knows who we are, despite being a small dot on the map. I feel proud to carry our red passport wherever I go.
Thank you for your open policy, everyone is free to come work in our country, I had the opportunity to meet people from abroad without having to step out of Singapore.
Thank you for making Singapore a gem city. I’m truly blessed to be enjoy the fruits of your labour, together with the other five million of us, we will continue your vision.
Thank you for everything, our hero. I can never thank you enough, and due to the overwhelming crowds and my ailing physical body, I can’t be there to pay my last respects. The future of Singapore, no one knows, but the foundation you’ve laid will benefit the future generations. It is up to us now, to steer this country into a better one.
Ironically, my given name has the same initial as this great man. I hope to carry this little part of him to the younger generations, not wanting to change any part of this wonderful country that he has built.
You have worked hard after 50 years of nation building, I hope you find Mrs Lee on the other side, may you rest in peace.