Singapore is preparing to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday aged 91. Mr Lee’s coffin will be carried in a procession across the streets of Singapore, and taken to a state funeral attended by world leaders. The statesman’s body will then be cremated in a private family ceremony.
More than 415,000 people, or 12% of Singaporean citizens, visited Parliament House to see Mr Lee as he lay in state, while at least 850,000 others went to community sites to pay tribute.The funeral procession will begin on Sunday at 12:30 local time (04:30 GMT), with Mr Lee’s coffin carried through central Singapore to the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore.
The funeral service is expected to begin at 14:00, with foreign leaders including former US President Bill Clinton, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and UK House of Commons leader William Hague attending. The country will also observe a minute’s silence in the afternoon.