end of an era

This morning, I woke up and turned my phone on around 7.40 am. One of my Whatsapp groups buzzed. Daphne had sent a message at 5.23 am: ‘Lky passed away le / So sad’. Sze Yong shared a link to a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office, which announced that Mr Lee Kuan Yew had passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital this morning at 3.18 am.

Quickly turned on the TV to Channel NewsAsia. At 8 am, Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation in a live telecast. He spoke in Malay, Mandarin and finally English.

Although we all knew that the old man had been hospitalized for over a month and didn’t seem to be getting better, the news still came as a bolt from the blue. Still can’t believe that ‘first of our founding fathers’, as PM Lee had put it, has gone. It’s the end of an era……

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