Confidence in a future without Mr Lee

Confidence in a future without Mr Lee
Picture of members of the public queueing up to pay their last respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew after his body was transferred to the Parliament House. Queue along North Boat Quay towards Parliament House.

Managing editor Ignatius Low pondered over whether the national unity in grief over the death of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was a flash in a pan, and I share his concern ("'Unite with a new spirit' in post-LKY era"; Monday).

However, the positive inclination in me leads me to hazard a guess that what we have witnessed is unlikely to be transient.

I say this because Singaporeans know how and when to respond in matters of grave seriousness, such as those concerning livelihood and survival.

The severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) crisis and times of economic turbulence were instances where Singaporeans were in unison with the Government.

Perhaps, there was an unspoken trust that the leadership would remain honest, trustworthy and corruption free, with an abiding commitment to the people's welfare.

While Singaporeans have, at times, grumbled and criticised government policies and even how Mr Lee tackled certain issues, they innately know what is important to them.

The overwhelming turnout of people in the streets showed that they have not forgotten the struggles and accomplishments of Mr Lee and his comrades.

All this bodes well for the future of this finely crafted jewel that is our home.

What remains is the need to strive to keep this precious national cohesiveness alive.

The leaders in government and society at large, as well as the media, will have a significant role to play to ensure this flame of national oneness will not be extinguished.

This article was first published on April 2, 2015.
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