Singapore News Headlines

  • Singapore honours Lee with elaborate state funeral
    Singapore honours Lee with elaborate state funeral

    Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be given an elaborate state funeral Sunday, ending a week of mourning for the man who led the city-state to independence 50 years ago. Tens of thousands of people are expected to line a 15.4-kilometre (9.6-mile) route to bid farewell to the authoritarian leader who served as prime minister for 31 years and turned Singapore into a global financial powerhouse. He became Singapore's first prime minister in 1959, when the island gained self-rule from colonial ruler Britain. Singapore became a republic in 1965 after a brief and stormy union with Malaysia.

  • Over 415,000 pay respects to Singapore's Lee as wake ends
    Over 415,000 pay respects to Singapore's Lee as wake ends

    More than 415,000 people, equivalent to over 12 percent of Singapore's citizens, have visited parliament to pay their respects to former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, officials said Saturday. An update from the State Funeral Organising Committee said the queue for mourners to enter the legislature would be closed at 8:00 pm (1200 GMT) in preparation for the Asian statesman's cremation on Sunday.

  • World leaders gathering for Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

    Singapore, March 28 (IANS) A host of world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former US president Bill Clinton, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have confirmed their presence on Sunday at the state funeral of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, media reports said.