99% of S’poreans found out about LKY’s passing while checking their phone in bed, dreading work on Monday

Posted on 23 March 2015

This is another one of those shared experiences that will allow us to relate to one another as Singaporeans. Thank you, LKY.


Singaporeans from all walks of life — about 99 percent of all locals — who always wonder where on earth the weekend went, found out about the passing of Lee Kuan Yew while checking their phones and rolling in bed dreading to go to work on Monday.

This after Singapore’s first prime minister passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at the Singapore General Hospital in the wee hours of the morning at 3.18am on March 23, 2015, and news of his demise slowly proceeded to disseminate online as the nation awoke.

Locals interviewed by New Nation said this shared experience of lying in bed feeling distraught about work on Monday and then finding out about the passing of the giant in Singapore politics will go down as one of the most memorable shared experiences among fellow Singaporeans.

One Singaporean, Hen Ai Guo, said: “Lee Kuan Yew is really good at creating collective shared memories for Singaporeans.”

“Growing up, you’d hear about how all Singaporeans have relatively similar experiences: Go to public primary and secondary schools, eat at hawker centres, celebrate National Day, get a job, get married, buy a HDB flat and have kids.”

“In death, he also tried to make shared experiences and communities a thing for locals. In the future, there is no doubt Singaporeans can all look back to this day on March 23, 2015 and tell each other, ‘Oh wow, you mean you too? I also found out about LKY’s passing while lying in bed checking my phone while dreading to go to work on Monday’.”

“It’s these small little things that make us uniquely Singaporean.”

“Thank you, Lee Kuan Yew.”

Other Singaporeans said they admire the forward-thinking nature of the the modern times Machiavelli.

Another local, Hen Xing Shang, said she admires the thoughtfulness of Lee Kuan Yew: “Even in death, Lee Kuan Yew was as clinical, unambiguous and compartmentalise in his ways as in life and putting his high regard for rules and at the forefront.”

“He just had to go on a Monday to make it convenient for everyone in Singapore to schedule the seven-day week-long national period of mourning to run from Monday to Sunday like a proper week.”

“His regimented, no-two-ways-about-it pragmatism will be sorely missed.”

At press time, Singaporeans who heard about Lee Kuan Yew’s passing while eating breakfast are most likely those who have emigrated to Australia.


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