Singapore | Asia Samachar | 30 Mar 2015
Watching the reaction to Lee Kuan Yew’s death from overseas has been a surreal and difficult experience, writes a Singaporean who works as a journalist with the BBC.
“As a Singaporean journalist with the BBC, it’s been a privilege to cover many stories about my country over the years. But here was probably its biggest story, garnering the most global attention, that I was missing entirely as I spend two weeks working in London,” writes Sharanjit Leyl.
In an article published on Mar 29, the day of Lee’s funeral, she described one conundrum within her family itself, possibly one that is panning out in many other families as well.
“My extended family, many of whom have emigrated to the US and Canada, spent days debating his legacy on our family group on WhatsApp. If he was having that impact on them, years after they left their country, imagine what sort of influence his death still wielded on many millions more.
“It’s hard to put in words the effect he had. For many, including myself, it was a love-hate relationship,” she pens in the article entitled Lee Kuan Yew: Watching my country mourn from afar.
Sharanjit, 42, began her broadcasting career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1997. At BBC, she anchors Asia Business Report and Newsday from the BBC’s Singapore studio, according to information on the BBC website.
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