Apr 01, 2015

    What he did was best at that time

    WHAT Mak Mun San wrote resonated with me ("It's time to let him go", Monday).

    I grew up with Lee Kuan Yew at the helm. I admired him, but was never on board with all his policies - and like the writer, I had a love-hate relationship with him. I admired him for getting things done, but was upset and confused over some of his policies. Further to that, I thought he was an elitist and had time only for the  top 2 to 5 per cent of Singaporeans.  

    He also seemed fearsome and arrogant; that was maybe an erroneous interpretation on my part. After all, the stories that his family and Cabinet ministers have shared of him after his death were ones that were the opposite of my impressions.

    His death had a profound impact on me, and for many days I could not describe what I felt. But the article helped clarify my feelings and made a deep impression on me. 

    I know now how much Lee Kuan Yew means to me and how much we meant to him. I also learnt that what he did was best at the time, and that he ruminated over his decisions and did not take them lightly.