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Singapore in mourning: fifth day

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 01:05

More long queues form as thousands wait to pay their respects to Lee Kuan Yew, credits as the father of modern Singapore. Paul Chapman reports.

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Thousands more were flocking to Parliament House in Singapore on Friday to pay their last respects to the city state's first prime minister. Lee Kuan Yew, widely seen as the founding father of modern Singapore, is lying in state there. He died on Monday at the age of 91. A wait of up to eight hours was being predicted because of the sheer number of people turning out to file past the coffin. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HO SAIK CHIM, 81-YEAR-OLD SINGAPOREAN, SAYING: "I can call him a good man, brilliant and brave. These three words I've put in the condolence." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTINE LEE, MALAYSIAN CITIZEN, SAYING: "Even though I'm not Singaporean, we are from Johor Bahru, Malaysia, so always respect him from when we were young because we always watch him on tv, we admire him." Lee's body is due to lie in state until 1200GMT on Saturday. There are concerns large numbers of people will still be waiting to pay their respects when viewing ends.

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Singapore in mourning: fifth day

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 01:05