Mood on social media sombre as Singaporeans pay homage online

Mood on social media sombre as Singaporeans pay homage online
An artwork posted by Instagram user xinli29288.

Many Singaporeans turned to social media, like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, to express their sadness at Mr Lee Kuan Yew's passing.

More than 27,000 posts had flooded various social media platforms as of noon yesterday, according to social media agency iSentia Brandtology.

Social media posts peaked at about 6am, presumably when Singaporeans were just waking up to the news. And tens of thousands more were posted throughout the day.

One Twitter user said: "May we never forget one man's dedication to his people."

Another read: "For anyone who seeks Lee Kuan Yew's monument and legacy, just look around you."

Others simply thanked Mr Lee for providing them with a safe, stable home.

"This is our home, the home you helped built through your intellect, vision and sheer force of will. Just want to say: Thank you Sir, you are a blessing for Singapore," wrote an Instagram user.

The top trending topics were all about Mr Lee with the hashtags #leekuanyew and #RIPLKY.

Just like the solemn and sombre mood that encapsulated much of Singapore, the mood online for many Singaporeans was similarly heavy and bleak.

Many changed their profile photos to a picture of a stylised black ribbon with Mr Lee's face.

MPs Baey Yam Keng, Sim Ann and Chan Chun Sing were among the first to adopt the image as their profile photos. Mr Baey told The New Paper the picture was done by the People's Action Party.

Other Singaporeans also changed their profile photos to black and white ones, most depicting more sombre faces.

Perhaps they were taking their cue from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching, who had changed their Facebook profile photos to more sombre ones last week when the senior Mr Lee was critically ill.

Words, however, weren't enough for some Singaporeans, who paid tribute with art - proving that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words.

Even popular local humour site SGAG went sombre and came up with a map of Singapore with Mr Lee's silhouette on it. It quickly went viral.

Many others chose to draw sketches of Mr Lee - one even sewed a cross-stitch of an image of Mr Lee's face - a tapestry of how the man will forever be woven into the memories of the nation.

This article was first published on March 24, 2015.
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