On Friday afternoon, veteran opposition politician Chiam See Tong paid his respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House.
The 80-year-old Chiam was accompanied by his wife NCMP Lina Chiam. At Parliament House, he was received by PM Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching/
Mr Chiam had a week earlier penned a heartfelt condolence to Lee Hsien Loong after Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing.
In his letter, Chiam compared the late Mr Lee was to that of British prime minister Winston Churchill.
Mr Chiam wrote: “He was there at the time when Singapore was swarmed with numerous problems, ranging from domestic to international issues. He was there, just as Britain needed Winston Churchill during World War II – always taking a strategic and long-term view of Singapore.”
“He was a great statesman, parliamentarian and a master of public policy. No one else had shaped modern Singapore more than Lee Kuan Yew, since he became Prime Minister in 1959. He was a man for all seasons. He will live on in history, remaining for future generations the symbol of Singapore’s success,” Mr Chiam also added of his fiercest rival.
“His absence from our 50th National Day Parade later this year will be particularly poignant to us.”