Singapore stands still as nation bids farewell to founding father Lee

March 29th, 2015  
News Manager

Topic: Singapore stands still as nation bids farewell to founding father Lee

By Rujun Shen and Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the nation came to a near-halt to honor its "founding father". Tens of thousands of people waving flags braved heavy rain and lined the streets to catch a last glimpse of Lee as his coffin was taken by gun carriage on a 15 km procession through the streets of the country he helped build to his state funeral. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India's Narendra Modi, Indonesia's Joko Widodo and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were among the leaders brushing shoulders with Lee's family and Singapore politicians at the ceremony attended by 2,200 people. Lee, who died aged 91 on Monday, is credited with founding modern Singapore and transforming it from a small, colonial British trading port into one of the world's wealthiest nations.

March 29th, 2015  
He was a great and brave man. RIP Sir.

Similar Topics
Crowds swell to bid farewell to Singapore's founder Lee ahead of funeral
Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, dies at 91
Former Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew's condition worsens
Was Lee Whi-So killed by the U.S Government?