Arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral proceedings will be announced later.
PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
23 MARCH 2015
We express our heart-felt condolences to PM Lee Hsien Loong and families of Mr Lee Kuan Yew ....................................................
I had the opportunity to work on some of his TV programmes at the Caldecott Hill TV Studios, For a number of years he would record his National Day Messages mainly in Studio Three and his National Day Rallies at the Kallang Theatre. I worked with the producer to provide technical support such as TV lighting and cameras as well as the operation of the Auto Cue .Although many might think that he was a tough person to work with but somehow he gave me the impression that he was a considerate and kind man. At times there were technical problems on the recordings and he had alway been tolerant of technical faults and breakdowns. On one occasion his TV recording had to be done three times due to failure of the auto cue system. And he took it quite well without the crew and producer feeling uncomfortable.
I had also opportunity to attend to some TV signal reception problems at his house in Oxley Rise.I was surprised to see that it was simple and humble house without any of the luxuries that normally one would expect of a man of his status. He had a TV set.. a SONY Trinitron..which he used for twenty years and was reluctant to change a new one when it broke down often. From this I learnt that he was a very frugal man.
My wife and I respected him very much for what he had done for Singapore. We brought up our three children up to university level and now having good jobs and families ....and wife had always reminded children without Mr Lee we would not hot be in a position to have good education, good housing, good environment and a good life.
Thank you Mr Lee, the founding father and founding Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.
Rest in Peace.