It was tough on them showing up in public and risked getting photographed and identified.
The Silent Majority, who showed up in full force last year in an unprecedented display of outpouring of grief to pay their last respects to Lee Kuan Yew, are feeling increasingly anxious.
This after they realise they have to come back out from hiding as the former prime minister’s first year death anniversary is here.
Members of the Silent Majority said their initial fears of being put in the spotlight last year, as attention then 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 she doesn’t typically put herself out there like that, said: “It was a harrowing experience for me and the rest of the Silent Majority.”
“Thinking about how we now again need to publicly stand up for what we believe in, instead of hiding behind the scenes, is getting me worried.”
“We are going to be so exposed again and there will be no veil we can hide behind, no safe haven to reside and there will be cameras everywhere. There is that risk we are going to be identified.”
“But luckily there will be 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.”
“Still a bit worried though that we have to come back out in the darkness to avoid being seen now that our presence is needed again.”
Other members of the Silent Majority, though, were even 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?”