Thursday, 26 March 2015

In Memoriam Mr Lee Kuan Yew

I was thinking of paying tribute to our beloved founding father of the Nation, Mr Lee Kuan Yew who passed on 23rd Mar 2015 at National Museum of Singapore (NMS) today afternoon before I head off to pay my last respects to the former MMLee tommorrow (26th Mar 2015) with my nostalgic friend.
Heard there will be another location for paying tributes at national libraries, but I chose NMS instead. Upon reaching National Museum of Singapore, there's a signage stood at the entrance that leads to the Glass Atrium at Level 2.
Walking along the hall where there is another a "huge" banner board with a small screen TV that shown with a prominent Lee Kuan Yew in his well posed facing the camera that caught my eyes. The smile and gentle man would describe to many who worked under him as fatherly love to his people and his family. If it's not for his late wife who had put some thoughts to him otherwise he would be a different man.
Above the huge glass pane window, there, a picture of Mr Lee Kuan Yew was hung above.
The memorial exhibition chronicles the life and political career of Singapore’s first Prime Minister and founding father of the Nation Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Looking at the history and the life of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore, made me feel sad and I am proud of his legacy that he has left behind which is not forgotten.
National Museum set up a 'huge' board with photography of Mr Lee Kuan Yew for visitors to pay
their tributes which opens on the 25th Mar 2015. Eventually, there wasn't mnay visitors at that time because most people went to Parliament House to pay their respects which also opens on the same day after the state lying was moved from Sri Temasek ( a two-storey detached house built in 1869 which is sited within the grounds of the Istana ) to Parliament in early in the morning. VIsitors may leave tribute gifts and flowers at the exhibition.
Photographer snapping mourners
As I was in the midst of the mourners and stood silent and snapped a photographer with his photoshoot facing away from Mr Lee Kuan Yew's tribute board. Normally, not all photographers hates funeral and they need them for a special way. It allow the photographers to say a final goodbye to someone they knew, or wish they'd known. If you've been asked to capture poignant moments at the funeral or tribute for memory's sake, it may seem a challenging request and possibly not one you're too keen to take on. Nevertheless, it can be a good opportunity to do something special for the family that wishes to preserve the final memories of a good life. I did it as I had captured my father-in-law's (1920-2006) funeral in 2006 and too bad I didn't captured my late mother-in-law (1921-1993) in 1993.
Barrister Wig and Container 1949
The late Lee Kuan Yew & his wife Kwa Geok Choo bought their barrister wigs which were made by Ravensroft, an established wig and robe maker in London for admission to the bar.
PAP Leaflet for Legislative Assembly for General Election 1959
This is PAP leaflet for the General Election 1959 and features a write-up of Mr Lee KY as the party's secretary-general and candidate for Tanjong Pagar.
The Battle for Merger - Malay, English, Chinese editions 1961
The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew delivered 12 radio talks in Malay, Mandarin and English, totals 16 broadcasts in all between Sept and Oct 1961.
A Printed Glass master plate
A printed glass master plate used for printed leaflet for 1955 General Election. 
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch 1953
Beside this, there's a Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch presented to the late Lee Kuan Yew by the Singapore Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers. He represented the union in an arbitration over wage dispute.
Condolences Books
Visitors may also write on the books of condolences, their words of sympathy or condolence note can be a great source of comfort to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
I remember of the "Red Box" which belongs to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew that he used it to carry and store materials about issues that he was working on, hopefully it will be on display at National Museum of Singapore. I hope to make another trip to see his personal "red Box" and posted it here.
The memorial exhibition: Glass Atrium, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore
Date: Wednesday, 25 March to Sunday 26 April 2015. 
Open daily from 10am to 8pm. 
Admission to this exhibition is free for all visitors.

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