Almost a state funeral, but not quite

In Uncategorized on 06/10/2010 at 6:00 am

With her coffin lying in and  leaving from Sri Temasek, and being borne on a gun carriage to the incinerator, there is an air of a state funeral ala Goh Keng Swee, though legally Mrs Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral is not a state funeral.

I make no comment on whether she deserves this treatment.  One could argue reasonably that Sri Temasek was her official home, being once the official home of her hubby, and now her son. And it does look inappropriate for a coffin that was lying Sri Temasek to leave Sri Temasek in an ordinary hearse.

But I wonder why others who did sterling service for S’pore but were considered not worthy of a state funeral could not have been accorded the honour of a gun carriage?

As for Mrs Lee herself, people who knew her personally (and whose views I respect) tell me that she was a lady, always saying and doing the right thing.

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