Flood of flowers, messages for Mr Lee Kuan Yew
PM Lee visits Tanjong Pagar, meets well-wishers
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was at the Tanjong Pagar Community Club yesterday afternoon to join well-wishers leaving cards and gifts for his father, who remains critically ill.
On a large banner saying "Get well soon, Mr Lee Kuan Yew", PM Lee wrote: "Dear Papa, Hope you get better!"
PM Lee's wife, Ms Ho Ching, also added her signature to the message.
More than 500 people visited the art gallery at the community club, which has been set aside for the public to place their gifts and messages for the former prime minister, who is also an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC.
Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, a fellow Tanjong Pagar GRC MP, was among those who signed the banner on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a similar space has been opened in PM Lee's Teck Ghee ward in Ang Mo Kio GRC.
The Teck Ghee Community Club has set aside its wellness centre as a special corner for such gifts.
It was opened at 3pm yesterday. A spokesman for the community club said they got the idea from Tanjong Pagar.
"Since we're under PM Lee's ward, we thought we would do the same to wish his father well," The Straits Times quoted him as saying.
Many people also visited the Singapore General Hospital, where Mr Lee, 91, is being treated. He was admitted there with severe pneumonia on Feb 5.
The Prime Minister's Office said yesterday that his condition had worsened.
The hospital has designated a public area outside Block 7 for well-wishers to leave cards and gifts.
There were more than 100 bouquets as well as handwritten cards and notes, balloons, soft toys and a box of paper cranes there yesterday.
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Some came to pray silently for Mr Lee to get well.
Madam Lim Kwee Lian, 85, a wheelchair-bound retiree who lives in Boon Keng, had taken a taxi to SGH and was seen outside Block 7 with tears in her eyes. "Singapore is very lucky to have such a wonderful leader," she said.
At the Singapore Sports Hub, more than 6,000 people took part in activities to mark World Water Day. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who flagged off a dragon boat race, lauded Mr Lee, for pushing the country towards water self-sufficiency.
"Right here on this river in the 60s and 70s where the water was black, oily and dirty, he had the vision to think of this place as a beautiful bay that we could clean up and enjoy," Mr Teo said, referring to the Kallang River next to the Sports Hub.
"With cooperation from everyone, this is what we have today - a beautiful bay with life-giving water.
"Let us all wish Mr Lee strength for his recovery."
Dolls in real & reel lives
Some S'pore men pay up to $16K for live-sized adult dolls
Single, middle-aged and unpopular with the ladies by his own admission, Terry is not worried about finding love.
He knows that on his sofa at home, a svelte lady waiting for him.
But she does not move, talk or breathe. She is a life-sized, anatomically correct doll, made out of silicone.
Says Terry: "I have a spiritual connection with her. A doll won't cheat or betray you. You can be the true you in front of her and she will accept you for who you are."
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Body found at East Coast Park
A body was found at East Coast Park beach yesterday morning, shocking beach-goers and staff working in shops nearby.
Shin Min Daily News reported that it was the body of a 61-year-old man who had fallen into the sea before he was washed ashore later.
The corpse was found about 5m away from the shoreline, near carpark C2.
The man was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, a police spokesman said.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said the body could have been in the water for some time based on its condition.
A blue tent was placed over the bodyeven as several curious onlookers were gathering at the scene.
The beach was cordoned off by the police until the body was removed.
A 48-year-old cashier who worked at a convenience store nearby said it was 8am when she saw the body and she was shocked at the sight.
A food stall vendor said the part of the beach where the body was found is popular with swimmers and fishermen.
This is because no camping is allowed in the area, he added.
The police have classified it as a case of unnatural death and are investigating.
- NG JUN SEN