Singaporeans living in the UK join their nation’s mourning of Lee Kuan Yew

Published:  25 Mar at 4 PM
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Soon after the doors of the Singaporean High Commission opened, expats from all over the UK gathered to pay their respects. Singaporeans, who are one of the larger expat communities in the UK, took this opportunity to remember Singapore’s first Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

A steady stream of diplomats and Singaporeans visited the High Commission to write down their memories of the man who made Singapore into the country it is today. There were high emotions regarding Singapore’s first Prime Minister from the Embassy staff and others who had come to visit.

A female Singaporean said that everyone was experiencing extreme sadness regarding the death of Lee Kuan Yew as he had done so much for the Nation and that by visiting the High Commission in London, she could, in a small way, show her gratitude for what he had achieved for the country. Another expat expressed that the current level of education, confidence and level of trust between east and west would not of been possible without him.

Singaporeans regarded Mr. Lee as grandfather or father figure and feel a personal sense of loss due to his passing. A Singaporean currently living in the UK said that Mr. Lee shaped Singapore into his own image and that his death equated to losing a member of his own family.

Many of London’s Singaporean community are anticipated to join those already at the High Commission during the week of mourning.
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