From poems to photos, readers send wishes to Mr Lee

From poems to photos, readers send wishes to Mr Lee
Mr Lee Kuan Yew on the eve of Chinese New Year, February 9, 2013.

SINGAPORE - A FEW penned poems. Others shared photographs they had taken with him. One sent greetings from Iceland, where she is now based.

More than 800 Singaporeans from all ages and walks of life penned wishes for Mr Lee Kuan Yew on his 90th birthday on Monday.

On The Straits Times' Facebook page, more than 560 people wrote wishes to him, and the posts got more than 6,000 "likes".

The Straits Times had also asked readers to send their greetings to, and more than 250 had been received by last night.

Many expressed gratitude to Mr Lee for what he had done to transform Singapore into a modern city.

Reader Rajasegaran Ramasamy said his 88-year-old father, 73-year-old mother and 90-year- old father-in-law had all come to Singapore in search of a better life. "They have lived through your time and are benefiting from your great leadership and consequently we, their children and their grandchildren, are reaping the fruits of your labour. Thank you Mr Lee," he said.

Reader Yuen Kah Yin said: "I will live here all my life because I am proud to be a Singaporean because of you. You are and will always be well-respected by us."

On ST's Facebook page, Mr Mohd Naser Ahmad said: "You (have) done so much beyond imagination for this tiny island. Thank you and many happy returns on this special occasion."

Some shared anecdotes about Mr Lee.

On the ST Facebook page, Mr Kian Tan recalled attending a community dinner with his father 50 years ago.

"Mr Lee Kuan Yew came to my table and patted my botak head. I was delighted and refused to wash my head for several days. I am 55 this year and always remember his touch. Blessed birthday Mr Lee."

Ms Angela Low, now living in Iceland, sent her "greatest respect" to Mr Lee and wished him a happy birthday.

Mr Joshua Lim was among those who turned to poetry. His nine-verse poem ended:

Have a great day Sir!

Have a good celebration

We cannot attend the occasion

Or give you our on-site ovation

But still we wish you the best

On this a great milestone

Amongst your loved ones

To have a good day bless


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