It was tough on them to show up in public and risk getting photographed and identified.
The Silent Majority, who showed up in full force last week in an unprecedented display of outpouring of grief to pay their last respects to Lee Kuan Yew, are relieved they can go back into hiding now that the week-long period of mourning is officially over.
Members of the Silent Majority said their initial fears of being put in the spotlight as attention will be focused on them standing for hours and forming long queues outside Parliament House where Lee Kuan Yew’s body was lying in state were totally founded.
One Silent Majority person, who declined to be named as he doesn’t typically put himself out there like that, said: “It was a harrowing experience for me and the rest of the Silent Majority. We had to stand up for what we believed in publicly for the first time instead of hiding behind the scenes and that was something we are not used to at all.”
“We were so exposed and there was no veil we could hide behind, no safe haven to reside and there were cameras everywhere. There was that risk we would be identified.”
“But luckily there was nightfall, so those of us who are really uncomfortable can blend into the dark, while taking a quiet stand to show our support and respect for Lee Kuan Yew.”
“Glad that we can go back to being unseen now that this is over.”
Other members of the Silent Majority, though, were more coy about their experience, when asked to be interviewed.
One Silent Majority member who has been part of the low-key mainstream for the last few decades, said: “You mean you want a quote from me for an interview? I’m sorry, I don’t have any strong views about this.”
“I am really just a fence-sitter. I don’t feel like I am capable of providing you with a point-of-view.”
“Please, don’t take a photo of me. Wait for me to walk away first. Can give me a two-minute head start?”
Don’t worry Silent Majority, Lee Kuan Yew will always be with Yew: