Thousands line to bid farewell to late Lee Kuan Yew

Thousands line to bid farewell to late Lee Kuan Yew

Thousands line to bid farewell to late Lee Kuan Yew

Written by Staff Writer

29 Mar, 2015 | 9:59 pm

Tens of thousands lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday, to bid farewell to the city state’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew.

Lee  Kuan Yew passed away at the age of 91, following a prolonged illness. The state funeral was attended by world leaders including Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India’s Narendra Modi, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Local media reports one million people have visited tribute sites this week. More than half a million people specifically 12% of Singaporean citizens  visited the Parliament House to see Lee’s coffin, while at least 850,000 others went to community sites to pay tribute.

Lee’s body is to be cremated in a private family ceremony later today.

The massive turnout at the state funeral, at tribute sites throughout the week and along the route of the funeral procession, was truly a reflection of the Singaporean people’s adoration, for a man who lived and breathed Singapore, throughout his lifetime..

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