Teacher paints a loving tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Teacher paints a loving tribute to Lee Kuan Yew
For eternity: Kwai Yoke placing her drawing of Kuan Yew and his wife near the Singapore Parliament House.

SINGAPORE: While many turned up bearing flowers to pay their last respects to Singapore's first prime minister, art teacher Lee Kwai Yoke stood out among the crowds with a drawing.

The loving relationship between Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew and his wife Kwa Geok Choo, who died in 2010 at 89, inspired the 44-year-old into immortalising them in a drawing.

Kwai Yoke said she was saddened to hear about Kuan Yew's demise but instead of wallowing in her emotions, decided to do something to inspire her fellow Singaporeans as well as thank the leader for his contributions.

"Besides his firm stand on various matters that helped make Singapore one of the best countries in the world, many of us remember his loving relationship with his wife.

"In fact, when I read in the local newspapers that he wanted his ashes put together with those of his wife, I was touched by his last wish," said Kwai Yoke.

Using a long piece of ribbon, she depicted the portraits of both Kuan Yew and his wife - side by side - as they would have wished on a white canvas.

"I used a ribbon as a symbol of the couple to tie them together for eternity as this is what Kuan Yew had wanted after his death.

"What I fondly remembered about them is that they complemented one another, with his wife always being the main supporter," said Kwai Yoke.

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