The celebration of LKY was compared to the celebration for Mao Zedong and Winston Churchill and to some, more like Kim Sung Il. In
and China ,
huge monuments and statues of the two leaders were built to honour them. Some
in China wanted to elevate Mao to the status of a deity, 神, and probably with temples built for him for
people to worship him. This was rejected by the Chinese govt and similarly I
don’t think there were temples to deify Kim Sung Il. North Korea
Without someone from the family to speak out against this irrational exuberance, it can be expected that the political opportunists could carry things a bit too far in revering and remembering LKY and turn it into a personality cult that Wei Ling rightly pointed out. And when that happens, a good thing could turn into a bad thing for the stupidity of it.
Too much of a good thing can easily turn bad. This is the 21st Century and Singaporeans, especially the highly educated, would find it a bit uncomfortable to stomach such overt expression of reverence. This is different from religious outpouring of love within the confines of a religious abode. Some may find it revulsive though they may not utter a word or show any sign of their true feelings. It is better to keep things in a proper and respectable perspective before it goes out of hand.
Wei Ling’s comment is timely and effective. Coming from anyone else outside the family may draw a mix bag of reactions. LKY shall be remembered by Singaporeans for generations to come and by the foreigners who came and gone home rich for his blessings on them. Let history and the millennial remember him in a way appropriate to them. Do not create controversies and a sour note so early after he left the scene. The first time was a nation in grief. This time it does not seem to be going the same way.
It will be perfectly alright to do such a thing in countries like North Korea, but in Singapore today, I think it is better to be more circumspect. Wei Ling has spoken but she is the only voice from the family. Is she representative of her siblings or they have different ideas?
Please feel free to disagree with me. Those who would like to set up altars in their homes, please do so as you like.
PS. For those who benefitted greatly from LKY's policies, may I suggest a better way is to donate a bit of their good fortune to help the poor in his name. Would that not be better?