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S’poreans queue 12 hours to pay respects to Lee Kuan Yew: ‘We’ve trained hard queuing for Hello Kitty’

Posted on 25 March 2015

All those years of training have paid off.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who have no qualms standing in line outdoors braving the elements to queue for things, said they are mentally and physically prepared for this day.

This after the line to pay their last respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House has stretched for 4km long on March 25, 2015, the first day the wake is opened up to the public.

One Singaporean, Bai Dui, said, “I am prepared to queue for as long as it takes. We’ve trained hard our adult lives for this. It has culminated to this.”

“All those nights we spent queuing up for Hello Kitty plush toys has paid off. If we can spend one night queuing for Hello Kitty, we can spend one month out in the open if that is what it takes now.”

Other Singaporeans said they finally understood why queuing has been instituted as part of the national psyche.

Tan Ku Gu, another local, said: “If people can stand three days in the open for the Subaru Impreza Challenge every year for 80 hours, there is nothing that will stop us now. Nothing.”

“I’m prepared to come back everyday and queue until Saturday.”


Here’s other news to help you make sense of the Singaporean psyche:

SMRT train along East West Line observed 20 minutes of silence on March 23, 2015

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

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