Article:Talk pulls buns commemorating Mr Lee Kuan Yew off shelves after receiving flak
Written By: Jalelah Abu Baker
Published On: 25th March 2015
This artcle is about the recent sales of the company Breadtalk of a bun that was meant to commemorate Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our late founding father of Singapore and it was criticised by members of the public as "insensitive" and "disrespectful". The bakery chain on Wednesday started selling the buns called "Lee bu kai ni", loosely translated as "Can't bear to leave you", playing on Mr Lee's surname in Mandarin. The company has already decided that it would stop the sale of the buns, as "it took the public opinion very seriously".
I do feel that during the week of mourning of our late founding father of Singapore, this type of way in memory of him is definitely not suitable. The idea lf the bun is not right because, how can one eat a bun that should commemorate a great man when kne still has to eat it at the price of $2, where he or she could have easily went to macdonalds to buy a mac chicken? It seemed as if Breadtalk is actually trying to seize the opportunity to actually gain profits by selling new buns to attract people to buy them , when it is suppose to be a period where people are mourning over the death of our great leader, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Also, the idea about eating something that was suppose to commemorate Mr Lee is already unsuitable because it has no significant meaning in it and the sight of doing so is inappropriate. Thus, I do feel that if any company really wants to honour this great man that has contributed his whole life to the progress and growth of Singapore, they should come up with ideas that involved more thought and is meaningful and respectful. Because without Mr Lee's leadership, I'm very sure Breadtalk would actually be such a famous bread company today. It is good that the company has stopped the sale and apologised, but I still feel that they should be more mindful and thoughtful in the future, thinkng if any designs or names they give to their buns actually serve a purpose of letting people feel satisfied, or offended, especially when this is a time when most of us are still in a nations process or mourning over a man that build Singapore from scratch. One good and meaningful way is to allow members of the public to donate some money to the charity when they buy bread from stalls all across Simgapore, because it was always Mr Lee's dream to make sure that everyone in Singapore will have the priviledge to enjoy what a usual Singaporean would by supporting the needy as a nation.