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More leaders pay tribute to Lee

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 02:00

More world figures pay tribute to Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew. Paul Chapman reports.

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The United Nations Secretary-General was among the latest world figures to pay tribute to the man hailed as the founding father of modern Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew, the nation's first prime minister, died on Monday at the age of 91. Ban Ki-moon, who signed a book of condolence, said Lee's guidance had been invaluable. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON, SAYING: "I personally had the honour of meeting him two or three times and have been guided by his great vision and wisdom. While working as the secretary-general of the United Nations, his vision and teaching has been a great guide for me." Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised the way Lee had steered Singapore from ex-colonial backwater to powerhouse. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "Madam Speaker, Lee Kuan Yew didn't just lead his country, he made his country. In the mid-1950s when he first came to prominence in Singapore his country was poor and friendless. Today it is rich and well connected. It's one of the great success stories of the modern world." Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Lee's influence went much further than the shores of Singapore. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING: "He was someone who had quite a few ideas about the nurturing of the growth of Asia. As someone who could be considered the founding father of Singapore, he's someone who helped to make Singapore what it is today and was a great leader of Asia." Lee's son, Singapore's current prime minister, on Tuesday visited mourners placing flowers and messages of sympathy at the presidential palace. Lee's body's there for a family wake before lying in state. His funeral takes place on Sunday.

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More leaders pay tribute to Lee

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 02:00