Today Singapore bids farewell to our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Like many people of my generation, I have never cared about politics or political figures. I can barely name 10 of the existing ministers. Over the past one week, I've watched documentaries, short clips and read articles about Singapore's progress under the leadership of Mr Lee and I must say it hit me hard that I've taken everything Singapore has provided me for granted. I have never found any reason to be unsatisfied being a Singaporean but neither do I feel that there is anything to boast about my country or my citizenship.
"The grass is always greener on the other side, they say."
I would not deny that I have always imagined a life out of this country, how great it would be to live somewhere else bigger, prettier and less humid. The passing of Mr Lee had made me realised that there is no where else I wanna call home. I did not know that I would feel such intense sadness for my country. Neither do I know that there is a patriotic Singaporean in me. The more I read/see, the more sensitive I became and the easier I tear up over articles and the most recent Eulogy by friends and family of Mr Lee. I have just only came to understand what this man had done for my country and of course myself because I'm part of Singapore. I could not believe that one would do so much for the people of his country. For that THANK YOU and I would forever remember the man that given up his life for a successful Singapore.
On Saturday 28th March 2015, the Philharmonic Winds & Philharmonic Youth winds organised a band tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew who started the Band movement. Musicians from all walks of life, different age groups came together to play the National Anthem. I am proud to be part of it.