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Singapore's final farewell to Lee

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:21

Singaporeans line the streets in pouring rain to say a final farewell to the city state's first prime minister. Paul Chapman reports.

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Tens of thousands brave the pouring rain to say a final goodbye to Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew. They lined the streets for a glimpse of the coffin from Parliament house where he's been lying in state to the venue for the funeral service. The rain started just minutes before the procession started. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MOHAMMAD AMIR, SINGAPOREAN SPECTATOR, SAYING: "I guess maybe it's a sign, it's a good sign I suppose, that everyone is together here in this very sombre moment but rejoicing, I suppose, giving thanks to everything that he's done for us." Lee's body was taken to the National University of Singapore for a funeral service attended by leaders and delegates from nations around the world. They included the prime ministers of Australia, Japan, Thailand, India and Vietnam, and the presidents of South Korea and Israel. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were also there. The service was watched by thousands more on large tv screens. Lee was being cremated later at a private ceremony. His death on March 23rd came just months before the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence.

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Singapore's final farewell to Lee

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:21