Mr Lee Kuan Yew was one of the first to enter Parliament's main chamber yesterday evening, arriving at 8.24pm.
The Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar, a ward he has represented since 1955, was helped to his seat in the front row on the backbencher's side of the House, to wait for President Tony Tan Keng Yam's address at the opening of the second session of the 12th Parliament.
Many ministers, MPs and Nominated MPs went up to Mr Lee either before or after the President's address to greet him and shake his hand.
Mr Lee, who was prime minister from 1959 to 1990, stepped down from the Cabinet in May 2011.
This is the second opening of Parliament that he is attending as a non-office holder.
This article was published on May 17 in The Straits Times.
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