SINGAPORE - When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began talking about Dr Yeo Sze Ling at the National Day Rally on Sunday, she could not see his facial expressions as he held back tears.
But she could hear it in his voice.
Although she knew that she was going to be mentioned and looked on calmly as the camera zoomed in, she was feeling a torrent of emotions.
"I was a bit stunned," the 36-year-old said with a laugh. She had attended the rally with her younger sister, a 26-year-old nurse.
During his speech, PM Lee praised Dr Yeo, who comes from a humble background, for her success as well as her volunteering efforts.
The two met last year when Dr Yeo received the prestigious Singapore Youth Award.
At the start of this month, she was invited to the rally as well as the dialogue with Mr Lee at the Lasalle College of the Arts on Thursday night.
Almost a week has passed since the rally, and the shy research scientist admits that the attention has been overwhelming.
Dr Yeo has received many congratulatory messages from her friends and family.
"People who know me, and people who don't, have been approaching me."