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PM Lee's eulogy: Mr Lee Kuan Yew cared deeply about his family

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivered the first of  the 10 eulogies at the state funeral service of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday (March 29) afternoon.

The service was held at the University Cultural Centre​ at the National University of Singapore.

PM Lee talked about the elder statesman's role as a father in his life.

He said: "He was not very demonstrative, much less touchy feely, but he loved us deeply."

The late Mr Lee was a loving husband, and his late wife Kwa Geok Choo had been a big part of his life.

Said PM Lee: "She was his loyal spouse and confidante – going with him everywhere, fussing over him, helping with his speeches, and keeping home and hearth warm. They were a perfect team, and wonderful parents."

 

 

When PM Lee's first wife Ming Yang died, Mr Lee suggested that he take up meditation.

Mr Lee tried it as well, but was not very successful.

 

 

Mr Lee made the suggestion again when PM Lee had lymphoma. He even found him a teacher to guide him.

 

 

Mr Lee asked PM Lee to take care of the family if anything were to happen to him.

Said PM Lee: "I remember the day he told me, while we were playing golf at the Istana, that should anything happen to him, he wanted me to look after my mother and my younger brother and sister."

 

This year is the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence.

Said PM Lee: "We all hoped that Mr Lee would be present with us on August 9... Sadly, it is not to be."

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