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Funeral procession begins for Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

Thousands of Singaporean's are bidding a final farewell to the country's first ever Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession takes place in the city.

Thousands of Singaporean's are lining the funeral procession route for Lee Kuan Yew. Credit: APTN
Singaporeans are standing in the pouring rain to pay their final respects. Credit: APTN

Mr Lee's coffin has been taken from parliament, where it had been lying in state, to be carried past significant landmarks including Singapore’s Old Parliament House, Marina Barrage, and St Andrew’s Cathedral on a gun carriage.

More than 1.2 million Singaporeans have formally paid their respects to Mr Lee - nearly half a million queued to file past his body lying in state at parliament house, while more than 850,000 attended community tribute sites around the island.

Lee Kuan Yew's coffin has been lying in state at parliament house. Credit: APTN
Several former and current world leaders will attend the funeral service. Credit: APTN

Several former and current world leaders, including Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Bill Clinton, will be among mourners at the funeral service at the National University of Singapore.

A minute's silence will be held in Mr Lee's honour this afternoon. A private cremation will then take place at the Mandai crematorium.

Hammond: Singapore statesman 'will be sorely missed'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has expressed his sadness at the death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister:

I am deeply saddened by the death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister.

Mr Lee fashioned the Singapore and Asian region that we know today. Internationally, Lee Kuan Yew was a leading global statesman of his era, a co-founder of ASEAN and driver of Asia's rise. Singapore and the UK have a long and deep friendship. He will be sorely missed.

– Philip Hammond

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David Cameron pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

David Cameron has paid tribute to Singapore's first ever Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew after he died at the age of 91.

Mr Cameron said Mr Lee "personally shaped" Singapore and made it "into one of the great success stories".

US President Obama offers condolences to Singapore

President Barack Obama offered condolences on the death of Lee Kuan Yew. Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong/Files

President Barack Obama has offered condolences on the death of Lee Kuan Yew, calling Singapore's first prime minister "a true giant of history."

In a statement from the White House Mr Obama said that he appreciated Mr Lee's wisdom, including during discussions they held on the president's trip to Singapore in 2009 when Mr Obama was formulating his Asia-Pacific policy.

Mr Obama said: "He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs."

Singapore's first ever Prime Minister dies aged 91

Singapore's first ever Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has died at the age of 91.

The Prime Minister's office confirmed the country's former leader had died in a statement which read: "Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 am."

Lee Kuan Yew Credit: REUTERS/Edgar Su

Lee co-founded the People's Action Party, which has ruled Singapore since 1959, and was the island's first leader after it separated from Malaysia in 1965.

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British wealth manager sorry after 'poor people' remarks sparked online anger in Singapore

A British wealth manager who lives in Singapore has apologised for referring to public transport commuters as "poor people", which sparked online outrage.

Wealth manager Anton Casey being interviewed in 2010. Credit: YouTube / NTDTV

In another comment posted on Facebook, Anton Casey, a 39-year-old senior wealth manager in the financial sector, said he was washing "the stench of public transport off" him after travelling on the metro.

He also posted a picture of a boy, apparently his son, sitting inside a metro train with the caption saying: "Daddy, where is your car & who are all these poor people?"

Furious online readers flooded social media sites and criticised the Porsche-driving Mr Casey for his controversial comments.

Mr Casey, who is a permanent resident of the country and married to a former Singapore beauty queen, said: "I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of Singapore. I have the highest respect and regard for Singapore and the good people of Singapore; this is my home.

"I wish for nothing more than to be forgiven for my poor judgement and given a second chance to rebuild the trust people have had in me as a resident of this wonderful country."

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