'We had nothing, now we're a nation'
The rain and wind in the Central Business District was relentless.
But as well-wishers sought shelter, Mr Soh Swan Fong stood his ground opposite his workplace, the NTUC Centre, with a flag at half-mast in hand.
He had arrived at about 7am and took up his position at the junction of Collyer Quay and Marina Boulevard at 9.30am.
The 65-year-old head of facilities has seen Singapore’s transformation under Mr Lee’s guidance with his own eyes.
“We had nothing, we were a nation under threat,” said a tearful Mr Soh, his voice quaking with emotion.
“We are a people now, a nation. There’s nothing I can do now but stand here for Mr Lee, rain or shine, to pay my respects.”
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