National mourning for former Singapore PM Lee on Sunday

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2015 23:59 IST

The government has declared national mourning on Sunday as mark of respect to the former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away this week.

Throughout the country, the national flag will fly at half-mast and there will be no official entertainment on Sunday – the day Lee’s funeral will take place, an official statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the funeral.

Lee, 91, considered the founder of modern Singapore, dominated the country’s politics for more than half a century. He died of pneumonia on March 23. PM Modi had termed him as a far-sighted statesman and a lion among leaders.

Renowned as a global statesman, Lee transformed the city-state into an economic powerhouse within three decades of its independence. He quit as Prime Minister in 1990 after 31 years in office.

Besides PM Modi, several world leaders are expected to attend Lee’s funeral, including former US President Bill Clinton, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian King Abdul Halim Shah.

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