Observing Malaysian Social Media

How Twitter Users Reacted to News of Lee Kuan Yew’s Passing

Singapore’s founding father and first Prime Minister, Mr.Lee Kuan Yew passed away at 3.18 AM on March 23rd 2015. What follows are statistics and a selection of popular tweets about Lee Kuan Yew shared by users online in response to the news. Tweets from news agencies have been filtered out of the list. For a list of business services that we provide please visit our main site.



We collected a total of 309,452 tweets sent by 136,267 users about Lee Kuan Yew during the day. This graph shows the tweets-per-minute from the moment the news broke at 4.06 AM via a tweet from the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr.Lee Hsien Loong (see below). The peak was 770 tweets-per-minute from 717 users at 4.52 AM.

Popular Media

Popular Mentions

Conversations on Twitter


This image shows part of a network diagram that visualises how users were talking about Lee Kuan Yew on Twitter. The thumbnail in the bottom-right shows the scale of the network. Each node represents a user, and nodes are connected if they tweet replies to each other. @TheEconomist was the most prominent user in this network, indicating that they tweeted content that sparked conversations.

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Written by politweet

March 24, 2015 at 4:38 am

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