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Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Dear colleagues, 

 

We are here today to pay tribute to our former prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who have passed away. I am truly honoured to be here. Me and my colleagues in Berita Harian, wish to extend our condolence to the Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, for the lost of his papa and in this difficult times, we too grieve for we lost one of Singapore’s finest son.


Let me now share, a personal thought, in both English and Malay, of the man, who have contributed much to the building and success of this nation.

 

In memoriam

 

how do i remember thy
for whom he has been one
among the many who plays a part
in shaping my view about life

i read his books, aplenty
i translated his words, interpreted his works

i covered his walks and travel with him for miles

all in a decade, I got a sneak
of his life, love and struggles
the challenges i must say, enormous
for a statesman he is, having that courage
leading his men, taking care of them
from cradle to grave

he build this nation, achieving his vision
turning this little island into a place one called Home

what he fear is complacency, and I keep reminding
myself, relaxing is never free

Life is not just eating, drinking, television and cinema…The human mind must be creative, he said… well, am trying, no?

He once said, I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens.
If only I can muster the courage to tell himyou did, sir.

I am the product of your policy – of two child per family!


Once, we were in KL for his eight-day visit to Malaysia, I asked during our usual wrap-up interview: “MM… (He was then Minister Mentor) why don’t you meet (Dr) Mahathir?”


His answer in Malay was short yet crisp

Dia orang besar… saya orang kecil (He is a big man, I am a small man)…

 

And that one liner response, reminded me of his words:

“You lose nothing by being polite.” I agree and indeed, “Politeness is 
the flower of humanity,” as said by Joseph Joubert. 

 

Now in Malay:

 

Sejauh perjalananmu

 

sejauh perjalananmu, memartabat nusa

menyeka keringat warga, yang lelah sesudah dijajah

 

sejauh perjalananmu, memacak jati diri anak zaman

tanpa sekali mengira suku-suku yang mewarna

menyemai benih-benih kesatuan, meski persatuan digugah-gugat

api-api persengketaan, hingga luka dan berdarah…

 

seawal hadirmu dunia menerka…

tanah ini tidak mampu menjanjikan 

selautan harta, segedung khazanah

 

engkau meniup semangat 

agar si walah bangkit, membangun pertiwi nan kontang

menjadikan ia apa-apa, walau tanpa apa-apa

 

lima darsawarsa sesudah, Singapura kini di kemuncak

engkau pendorongnya…

 

Chairul Fahmy Hussaini

26th March 2015, Thursday


– Speech cum eulogy delivered during SPH’s Memorial Event for former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at SPH News Centre, 1000 Toa Payoh North, held between 11am to 12pm and was attended by more than 700 staff.


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SINGAPORE – Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew died at the Singapore General Hospital on Monday at the age of 91 on March 23rd 2015, Monday. He had been hospitalised since February 5th at Singapore General Hospital for severe pneumonia, which saw him being sedated and was put under mechanical ventilation fom February 21st.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has declared a seven-day period of national mourning.

Many Singaporeans were still asleep as the news broke in the early hours of the morning. 

“The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 am. He was 91,” says the first statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sent at 04:04am announcing the passing of Mr Lee. 

At 6.31am the Prime Minister declares a period of national mourning for seven days – from Monday (March 23) to Sunday (March 29). The PMO says that flags on government buildings will be flown at half-mast for the duration.

The body of the MP of Tanjong Pagar was brought to Istana for private wake for a day before it will be lying-in-state at the Parliament House for dignitaries and public giving their last respect.

After four days of lying-in-state at Parliament House, there will be funeral procession for Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, March 29,  from Parliament House to University Cultural Centre at National University of Singapore. The procession will cover significant landmarks like the Old Parliament House, as well as heartland areas.

Covering a distance of 15.4km, it will commence at 12.30pm. Other landmarks include City Hall, the Padang, NTUC Centre and Singapore Conference Hall.

The state funeral service will be held at 2pm until 5.15pm on Sunday at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore. After the funeral service, the late Mr Lee will make his final journey to Mandai Crematorium. The cremation service will be private. 

Mandai Crematorium will be closed on Sunday (Mar 29) from 1pm for the cremation service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore.

Harry Lee (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015) leaves behind his sons, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 63, and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, 57, daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling, 60, daughters-in-law Ho Ching, 61, and Lee Suet-Fern, 56, seven grandchildren and two siblings. 

His wife, Madam Kwa Geok Choo, died in 2010, at the age of 89. – The Straits Times, ChannelNewsAsia.

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Posted by di Mac 27, 2015 in What Matters

 

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langkah

A: “aku tidak mau ketemu…”

B: “mengapa?”

A: “aku tidak mampu melukakan.”

B: “jadi kesemua halangan ini adalah kesengajaan?”

A: “engkau harus faham. setiap pertemuan itu melukakan.”

B: “aku menyintaimu setulus hati.”

A: “tapi aku tak mampu melukakan.”

B: “sejauh ini aku melangkah, dan cinta ini tidak bermakna? hadirku tiada erti?”

A: “bukan itu maksudku…”

B: “tak mengapa aku faham. berambuslah.”

Alang Budiman.

 
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Posted by di Februari 26, 2015 in Luahan

 

takdir

“segalanya ditakdirkan. aku tidak mampu berbuat apa-apa.”

“engkau menanggapi takdir. engkau mengenepikan qada dan qadarNya itu.”

“aku tidak.”

“sememangnya itu yang engkau lakukan.”

“maksudmu?”

“takdir, qada dan qadar adalah sebahagian keimanan. takdir atau qada itu adalah keputusanNya. qada pula kehendakNya.

“namun, Allah memberimu dua perkara sebelum menyingkapi qada dan qadar atau takdirNya, yakni, doa dan usaha…

“sudahkah engkau berusaha dan berdoa?”

“belum…”

“jadi mengapa persalahkan takdir?”

Alang Budiman
25 Februari 2015
Rabu, 11:12:22 pagi
28 Rabiulakhir 1436H

 

 

 

 
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Posted by di Februari 25, 2015 in Pandangan

 

pedih

ia memeritkan
rahang terasa bagai ditikam-tikam
lelangit terasa bagai dibakar-bakar
ditelan adalah kepayahan
menelan suatu kesukaran

perit…
…pedih
sakit itu ujian dariMu
dan aku mohon kesembuhannya
dariMu

aku di daerah ini
berlagu dalam sepi…

Alang Budiman

 
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Posted by di Februari 16, 2015 in Luahan

 

gemersik suara

engkau menyepi
dan membiarkan ia begitu
hingga aku sugul
di tepian waktu

di mana geranganmu
hingga lupa aku

Alang Budiman

 
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Posted by di Februari 15, 2015 in Luahan

 

ketiadaan

diam dan tiada khabarnya
sedang hari terus berganti
kekosongan itu terasa benarnya
hilangmu begitu meresahkan

mungkin hadirku tidak bermakna
dan ketiadaanmu adalah jawabannya

mungkin resahku tidak meresahkanmu
jadi diam lebih bermakna

mungkin engkau tidak betah…
aku ingin terus bermimpi
jadi pengkhayal yang mabuk
dalam dunia sendiri

merasai aku tidak mengerti
realiti yang melilitmu

aku akur akan keadaan
aku tidak sesekali mensesiakan
realitimu adalah gapaianku
tidak sekali aku mendustakan

aku tidak mendustakan!

hakikatnya, aku soldadu
biar aku dirantai masa
aku tetap mahu menawan
cintamu

walau di penghujung ajalku

kerna cinta itu adalah janji
dalam rautan ketulusan…

Alang Budiman

 
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Posted by di Februari 13, 2015 in Luahan

 

ulit masa

jika masa boleh diulit ke belakang
apakah bisa ditamparnya waktu?

Alang Budiman

 
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Posted by di Februari 12, 2015 in Pandangan

 
 
Ikut

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