Ministers post farewell messages after Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

Ministers post farewell messages after Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

SINGAPORE - After an emotional week of national mourning, Mr Lee Kuan Yew was laid to rest on Sunday, Mar 29.

Following a state funeral, many ministers took to Facebook to post farewell messages dedicated to the country's founding father and first prime minister.

Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam posted photographs of the public braving the rain during Mr Lee's funeral procession, saying he was "deeply moved" by the outpouring of emotions.

Comparing it to the funeral held for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, he wrote: "There has been nothing like this ever."

HEARTWARMING SCENES: PEOPLE BRAVING THE RAIN FOR MR LEE'S FINAL JOURNEYI am deeply moved as I watch the outpouring of...

Posted by K Shanmugam Sc on Saturday, March 28, 2015

 

"People chanting his name "Lee Kuan Yew" as the cortege passed by. He was well loved. And will be dearly remembered," Mr Shanmugam added.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong summed up the emotions of the past week, saying that he had never seen or experienced anything like it, with Singaporeans openly sharing their grief and emotions.

"Mr Lee is no longer with us, but may he continue to inspire us all - to find meaning in something greater than ourselves; to continue the journey he started in building a better Singapore," he wrote.

 

This has been an incredible week. I've never seen or experienced anything like this before - Singaporeans openly sharing...

Posted by Lawrence Wong on Sunday, March 29, 2015

 

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim opted for a simple farewell message: "Godobye Mr Lee. May You rest in peace."

 

Goodbye Mr Lee. May you rest in peace. #yaacobibrahim #rememberinglky

Posted by Yaacob Ibrahim on Sunday, March 29, 2015

 

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin described the pledge and national anthem at Mr Lee's state funeral as "the most emotional and meaningful rendition".

"Farewell and thank you Mr Lee. We will build a better tomorrow," he wrote.

While the overriding emotion was one of sadness, some ministers chose instead to share messages of optimism and determination for the future.

 

In all my years, this has been the most emotional and meaningful rendition of Our Pledge and Our Anthem. Majulah...

Posted by Tan Chuan-Jin on Sunday, March 29, 2015

 

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing wrote: "Long live our Singapore Story. We will live the values of our founding generation. We will do justice to our blessings to care for one another."

 

A new dawn. A new beginning to continue writing our Singapore Story.A strengthened sense of unity to build a nation...

Posted by Chan Chun Sing on Sunday, March 29, 2015

 

Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, posted: "The best way to thank Mr Lee for giving his whole life to bring us to where we are today is to keep creating a better Singapore for all Singaporeans, for generations to come."

 

Mr Lee no longer live in this world with us, but he will forever live with us in our hearts. Let us all move forward...

Posted by Lim Swee Say on Sunday, March 29, 2015

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean posted a photo of a rainbow over Singapore, writing: "And after the rain, we will follow the rainbow anad head together towards a new horizon where the warm sun shines."

 

And after the rain, we will follow the rainbow and head together towards a new horizon where the warm sun shines.

Posted by Teo Chee Hean on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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