Measured displays of grief, manageable and modest crowds


Written by Ng E-Jay
23 March 2015

Thus far, reports have been coming in that the reaction to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death has been measured, perhaps even muted. Crowds at condolence boards have been modest at best, and there has not been any massive or widespread outpouring of grief.

This is consistent with Martyn See’s (film-maker, activist) observation made earlier today on Facebook:

“Let it be noted that on this Monday morning of the 23rd of March 2015, some 7 hours after the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, life goes on for the people in Singapore. Despite what the internet or the media would like you to believe, there is no sign of any bereavement in public. Even here at the Singapore General Hospital where Lee’s body lie, the atmosphere is muted. It is a perhaps a fitting tribute to a man who led his flock by trading emotion for economics, ideals for pragmatism and compassion for politics.” — Martyn See, Facebook, 23 March 2015