Message For The “Tribute To Mr Lee Kuan Yew” @ Shine Auditorium, 26 March 2015

by Patrick Liew on March 28, 2015

This week, my spirit has been crushed.

My heart sunk to a deep and dark abyss.

Our Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew is no longer with us. He’s gone forever.

We will not hear his words anymore.

We will not see him again.

We grieve for the loss.

We miss him.

I’m at a loss for the right words to pay tribute to him.

What words can be used to convey our love for a man who has given his whole life for us.

What words can be used to mourn a great loss for you, for me, for Singapore and for the world at large.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew once said, “At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore.

“What have I given up?

“My life.”

What words can be used to celebrate his spirit of purpose, his sacrifice, his determination, and his achievement.

I read in the newspaper that he was working with his red box until the 4th of February 2015.

The red box was a briefcase for his work. It contains materials of his project at any time.

He gave himself to Singapore.

He was working right till the very last day, the day before he was admitted into the hospital.

Today we are proud to say, “I am a Singaporean” partly because of him.

We can hold our red passport with pride and joy.

It’s a symbol of admiration all over the world because of what he and his team has done for us.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew spent his life promoting unity in this country.

In his death, the unity was demonstrated by tens of thousands, regardless of race, language or religion.

They queued hours after hours to see him for the last time.

They queued under the hot sun, many with no consideration for food and water.

They queued to show their love, their gratitude, and their admiration for him.

In his death, we saw many Singaporeans uniting ourselves as One Nation. One people. One Singapore.

A heavy curtain has fallen.

The candle flame is gone.

Music turned into silence.

The baton has been passed to all of us.

In Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s words about Singapore:

“This is not a game of cards. This is your life and mine.

“I’ve spent a whole lifetime building this and as long as I’m in charge, nobody is going to knock it down…”

Yes Sir!

A new chapter has begun…

Together, we can, we should, and we must make sure that nobody, and I mean nobody is going to knock down our bright little red dot.

We will be committed as a people. We will create a better dream.

We will rise up again and again. We will overcome challenges.

We will fight on and on. We will craft a better future for our children and children’s children.

I think that’s how Mr Lee wants us to remember him. That’s how we honour his legacy.

Farewell Sir.

We will not have you anymore in our midst but you live on in our heart.

(Salute!)

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