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Remembering our founding father
IT was the largest outpouring of emotions this nation has ever seen.
They queued patiently in the scorching sun, right through the darkness of night. Many waited for up to eight hours to pay their respects. Just as many shed tears, overwhelmed by grief, and in gratitude for a life well lived. Spent in battle that we may have a better life. From self-government, to merger, to independent Singapore.
They came from all walks of life, the young, the elderly, the infirm, rich and poor. To acknowledge one man's journey of some 56 years spent transforming this 715 sq km undeveloped Third World country into a highly respected modern city state with a triple A credit rating.
For the tens of thousands that filed past, the hours waiting in queue was but a small way of recognising the life's work of Lee Kuan Yew. That will forever be etched on our hearts and minds. Photos by Yen Meng Jiin
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