The last time I met Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was over 20 years ago when I was at Feng Shan community centre. It was a day care centre of sorts for primary school kids. We were all very excited and spent many days decorating the place. Each of us has a role to play that day and I was assigned to play checkers. I still remember his warm smile and gentle handshake. I even spoke to Mrs. Lee too.

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While I may not agree with some of Mr. Lee’s views and approach, I dare not imagine a Singapore without him. Will I be able to dine in a fancy restaurant thinking about my next holiday destination or scratch my head thinking what stock I should buy?

While reading about his life story, it was scary that we almost lost Mr. Lee several times – during the Japanese occupation (he made an excuse to go home for his clothes) and the early days of his political career. I wish I can stay home to watch all his contributions on TV.

Rest in peace Mr. Lee. You will forever be remembered and the best way to keep your legacy going is to ensure that Singapore will continue to prosper both economically and socially.

I will be applying half day leave (either Wed or Thu) to pay my respect to a great visionary and leader. If you are keen to join me, just drop me a comment or message.