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Acts of kindness: People offer free food, drinks to mourners queueing to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore was plunged into mourning this week after the death of elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew on Monday.

But in this period of grief, there have been many acts of kindness that have touched the hearts of Singaporeans.

Here are a few of them.

1. Student gives free burgers to mourners in queue

Mr Lee's body is lying in state at Parliament House. And the queue to see him is massive, stretching from City Hall MRT to as far as Chinatown. 

At one point, the waiting time was about eight hours.

Singapore Management University (SMU) student Koh Kang Liang bought 20 burgers from McDonald's and gave them out to people in the queue.

Why? Because he was afraid they would miss their meal while lining up.

Said the 22-year-old: "My friends missed lunch and dinner and I thought I can do something for people here."

 

 

SMU student Koh Kang Liang was spotted handing out 20 McChicken burgers to people in the queue near the Padang, as he...

Posted by The New Paper on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 

 

Mr Koh plans to be there on Thursday (March 26) as well.

 

He wasn't the only one to share food.

 

2. People hand out free biscuits

Facebook user Nick Sim uploaded a photo of people handing out snacks.

He wrote: "Felt so proud of my countrymen and their coming forward to support one another."

 

 

While queuing up, there are many giving drinks and biscuits to those in the queue. When asked where are they from. They...

Posted by Nick Sim on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 

 

3. Free flowers in honour of Mr Lee

Instead of making a quick buck, a florist at Raffles Place was giving away white roses and gerbera daisies to people who wanted to pay their respects to Mr Lee.

A black bucket sat outside the shop, Artisan De Fleurs, with a sign inviting all and sundry to "Please help yourself to a stalk for free if you are going to pay respects to our beloved Mr Lee Kuan Yew".

 

4. Businesses located along the queue offer water to those in line

The Straits Times reported that Fullerton Hotel staff members set up iced water dispensers with plastic cups at an outdoor area from about 11am.

The Clarke Quay management and tenants also set up a table and provided cold water to thirsty members of the public.

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh eatery and Clarke Quay bar Cuba Libre also gave out iced water, reported The Straits Times.

The eatery also set up three standing fans and chairs so that the elderly could rest while waiting.


ST Photo: Kua Chee Siong

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More reports at tnp.sg/leekuanyew

 

 

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