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Primary 4 pupil pours heart out

TOUCHING: Melody Tia, 10, from Frontier Primary School penning her feelings for the late Mr Lee at the Jurong tribute site.

TOUCHING: Melody Tia, 10, from Frontier Primary School penning her feelings for the late Mr Lee at the Jurong tribute site.

While most adults spent a few moments penning their condolences, this 10-year-old spent almost 10 minutes pouring her heart out.

Melody Tia, a Primary 4 pupil at Frontier Primary School, filled an entire page of the condolence book at the Jurong tribute site with her thoughts and feelings towards the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

She wrote: "When I heard you were sent to hospital, I was devastated. I actually wanted (to) give you my get-well card, but I didn't have the chance. My parents were too busy going to work, they didn't have time to bring me to the Singapore General Hospital."

"We know you had gone through a lot to make Singapore a better place to stay. ... I love you."

When asked why she had written such a long note, Melody, who was there with her schoolmates, said with tears brimming: "I express my feelings better on paper. I get choked up trying to speak."

EMOTIONAL

Also very emotional at the tribute site in Jurong yesterday was Madam Lim Ah Luan, 81. She had not stopped crying since the news broke of Mr Lee's death on Monday.

"My husband used to work at a coffee shop on Queen Street, where Mr Lee and his group often had their political discussions. Sometimes the discussions got rather heated," she said.

"My husband would come back and tell me every detail. I felt that I knew Mr Lee very well. I am very sad that such a good man had died."

Madam Lim was accompanied by her son-in-law Moses Tok, 52, and her daughter Ruth, 52.

She did not queue up to enter the Parliament House because her legs are weak and she could not take the long hours at the Padang. Madam Lim, who still lives in her first flat at Commonwealth Close, said Mr Lee had done a lot to help the poor - giving them a roof over their heads, education and jobs and she is "eternally grateful".

"I express my feelings better on paper. 
I get choked up trying to speak."

- Melody Tia, when asked why she had written Mr Lee such a long note