SINGAPORE - If it's your 90th birthday, would you turn up for work?
That's what former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew did on Monday.
And against doctor's advice no less, revealed Leader of the House Ng Eng Hen as he read a tribute to Mr Lee in Parliament on Monday.
His appearance drew a standing ovation from his fellow Members of Parliament.
"He forged the nation which today, is admired worldwide for its prosperity, harmony and stability.
"In lifting an entire nation, and improving countless lives of Singaporeans of several generations, Mr Lee Kuan Yew has left a lasting legacy for all of us, and achieved greatness," said the Minister for Defence.
But why did he make the special effort to appear in parliament on Monday?
At an interview last year for the book, One Man's View of The World, he lamented younger Singaporeans' lack of understanding of the reason for Singapore's success, reported the Straits Times on Monday.