Jakarta: He may not be a Singaporean but his father named him after Lee Kuan Yew because of his admiration for the late founding father of Singapore.
"My father is an admirer of Lee Kuan Yew and even though I'm Malaysian, I was named after him ...When I was a kid, I went to Singapore and I passed through the immigration. An official said 'wah, you're Lee Kuan Yew! Hopefully you would be as successful as him','' Malaysian Jason Ting Kuan Yew, 32, told The Straits Times yesterday at the Singapore embassy where a live telecast of the funeral procession of Lee was held.
"As a way to respect him, we feel that it's good for us to be here and to be together with the Singaporeans here. We feel touched and moved by the ceremony and all."
Ting was with his Indonesian wife Dewiani Muljadi and his son. His wife had studied and worked in Singapore.
Dewiani said: "We respect Lee Kuan Yew a lot even though we are not Singaporeans.
"He leaves behind a great legacy ... We think that he is one of the role models for the Indonesian leaders to follow.''
Some 70 people were at the embassy to watch the live telecast.
The funeral procession was also shown live on Jakarta-based Berita Satu TV station.