The state funeral for Mr Lee Kuan Yew ended yesterday. That also marked the end of one week of mourning.
During this period of time, many different posts appeared on the Internet. Most were posts about how great Mr Lee was and what are the things he did for Singapore. Some were about how Mr Lee achieved all these at the expense of some people and he should repent for the sins he committed. Some were about people who were sitting on the fence, neither did they feel much hatred nor be very grateful towards Mr Lee. They just couldn’t stand watching his news everyday, everywhere.
It’s hard to say who is correct. In fact, all of them are correct. Mr Lee did accomplish a lot for Singapore. If not for him, Singapore probably wouldn’t be the way it is today. Mr Lee also did a lot of bad things to some people, arresting and putting people into jail for prolonged periods of time without trial.
All of them are wrong as well. They both failed to see the other side of the story and focused too much on his good/bad sides.
There are always two sides to a story. And you can’t really use one to outweigh the other. Life is not as simple as an expository essay.
What I feel is that, instead of focusing on the facts, shouldn’t we focus more on the human side? Humans are people with emotions, and we shouldn’t just let facts or personal opinions ride over our heads.
Yes, Mr Lee did do some bad things. But there are many people in Singapore who regard Mr Lee as Singapore’ founding father, as their grandpa, or Ah gong. Many people are grateful towards him for what Singapore has evolved into and the current lifestyle we have. Why not show some respect for them and their emotions?
Let’s say you are going for someone’s father’s funeral. Would you be talking bad about the father and all the wrongs he did? Or would you be consoling the person instead, trying to make him feel better? If it’s the former, I would wonder what kind of EQ you have.
Even if you are not going for the funeral, would you spread bad rumours about his father? Would you tell everyone how bad of a person the father was and ask people to stop mourning for him? The only reason why you would do that would be if you are his arch enemy and you want him to be as miserable as possible.
Everyone is free to have their own opinions. But can we show some respect for the dead and those who are mourning for him?
After that, we can all move on, and carry on with whatever we were busy with.
Though somehow, I have a feeling Singapore will not be the same anymore.
Politically speaking, there’s seldom right or wrong. Just like someone said: “It’s not the side with justice that wins. The side that wins will have the justice.”
I wonder which is side is going to have the justice from now on.