Singapore’s state-controlled media Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) reached a new low featuring a funeral visit to shore up Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s declining popularity. Photos of the funeral procession with Lee Hsien Loong standing beside the coffin of the deceased were featured as headline news on state media Straits Times.
According to state media Straits Times, Lee Hsien Loong visited the funeral of a 43-year-old woman because the woman was a fan of Lee Hsien Loong when she was alive. The woman’s daughter posted on Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page saying that her mother wanted to take a photo with the dictator Prime Minister but passed away from a heart attack before she could do so. The screenshot was featured by Straits Times as “evidence” of Lee Hsien Loong responding in “less than 10 minutes”.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong then “dropped by” the deceased’s funeral, with SPH reporters already standby and ready for the Prime Minister. It is understood that SPH reporters were informed that the Prime Minister was attending the funeral that night, and the arrangement is likely made by the Prime Minister. A photo of Lee Hsien Loong beside the coffin was taken and another photo featured Lee Hsien Loong listening intently to the daughter.
In Singapore, it is disrespect to take photos of a deceased funeral. You may view SPH Straits Times’s offending article here.
Over at Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page, the dictator was poured hundreds of comments praising how kind and compassionate the Singapore dictator is.