23 Apr '11, 4pm

Retweet this article if you still remember the late Mr Ong Teng Cheong. #sgelections

The government's reply was an empty one (see the excerpt from the Straits Times on the right). Basically it said that the policy on state funerals was "still evolving" and is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Prime Minister and the cabinet. You'd notice that it completely failed to address the key question: WHY didn't Ong get a state funeral? Two former presidents have passed away before. Yusof Ishak and Benjamin Sheares, the first and second presidents of Singapore respectively, both died in office and were given state funerals. Thus, of the 4 former presidents who have passed away, only one, Ong Teng Cheong, didn't get a state funeral. Most Singaporeans think they know the reason: Ong had taken his office too seriously and challenged Goh Chok Tong's government on a number of issues, particularly that relating to the value of the reserves. Worse yet, upon leaving off...

Full article: http://www.yawningbread.org/arch_2005/yax-444.htm