Birthday website set up for former PM Lee Kuan Yew

A screengrab from the birthday greeting website for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. (Screengrab from happybirthdaylky.org)

The ruling People’s Action Party has set up a special birthday website for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who turns 91 on Tuesday.

The website, http://www.happybirthdaylky.org, allows users to post messages that will appear in a live-updating e-card stream on a separate page.

It also catches birthday wishes with the hashtag #happybirthdayLKY posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as long as users have their privacy settings on “Public”.

In a post on its Facebook page on Saturday evening, the PAP said it was a move to “do our part” amid a #happybirthdayLKY movement that “has taken Singapore by storm”, a movement that appears to have been started by local designer Catherine Leck.

Leck uploaded a video of herself putting together a confetti art depiction of Lee, encouraging other Singaporeans to put up tributes in their own creative ways to various social media platforms. Since then, hundreds of well-wishes have poured in, in a live stream of posts.

When Lee turned 90 in 2013, a tribute was held in Parliament where he appeared for about half an hour, with Members of Parliament cutting a birthday cake for him afterward.









Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew waves to the audience during Singapore's 49th National Day Parade at the floating platform in Marina Bay August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)



In recent years, Lee has suffered from a variety of health problems including abnormal heart rhythm, peripheral neuropathy and bacterial invasions. At the recent National Day Parade held at the Marina Bay floating platform on August 9, a frail-looking Lee appeared to thunderous applause.

Lee is Singapore’s first Prime Minister, and also its longest-serving Member of Parliament. He is additionally acknowledged to be one of history’s longest-serving Cabinet ministers.