Close  

Singapore commemorates PM Lee Kuan Yew’s death anniversary

/ 02:05 PM March 03, 2016
Lee Kuan Yew

A tribute to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Suntec City on March 24, 2015. File Photo from The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE—As the first anniversary of Lee Kuan Yew’s death approaches, groups of Singaporeans are planning activities to commemorate the legacy of the country’s first prime minister.

At least 100 events are being organized by individuals and community groups for the month of March, People’s Association (PA) deputy chairman Chan Chun Sing said at a press conference on Wednesday (March 2).

ADVERTISEMENT

These activities include a tree-planting exercise at Jurong Lake Park—a nod to Lee’s campaign to green the country—and a brisk walk at Sembawang Park to celebrate his desire to stay healthy. The late Lee had made it a point to exercise daily.

At Tanjong Pagar, the constituency Lee represented for 60 years, residents and grassroots leaders will put up a remembrance site at Duxton Plain Park from March 19 to 27.

Members of the public can visit the site, which will have panels featuring photographs and text of Lee’s contributions to the area.

Adding to the effort of the ordinary folk are two remembrance events organized by the PA.

These will be held at two sites picked for their association with Lee, who died on March 23, at age 91.

READ: Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91

The sites are Parliament House, along the Singapore River, and the Istana Park on Orchard Road.

Panels of photographs and short write-ups about Lee’s contributions will be erected at these sites for people to reflect on his legacy.

The PA is holding these events in response to queries from several people on whether there would be any events to remember Lee, said Chan, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress. In the week of mourning following Lee’s death, people waited for hours in long queues to pay their last respects.

ADVERTISEMENT

And on the day of his funeral, thousands stood in torrential rain along the funeral route to bid their final farewell to the man many view as the father of modern Singapore.

READ: Lee Kuan Yew lies in state as Singaporeans bid farewell

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: anniversary, death, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Abolition of Manila Tricycle Regulatory Office  eyed

September 23, 2019 09:29 AM

newsinfo

Rude awakening for sleeping on-duty Las Piñas cops

September 23, 2019 09:02 AM

newsinfo

Another Kabacan, Cotabato barangay chairman shot dead

September 23, 2019 08:47 AM

newsinfo

Pagasa: Cloudy skies with scattetred rains on Monday

September 23, 2019 08:32 AM

entertainment

Holy anniversary! Displays of bat signal fete Batman at 80

September 23, 2019 07:56 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.