Thursday, 9 April 2015

Yang di-Pertuan Agong attends Lee Kwan Yew's funeral in Singapore

Malaysian Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim, joined other world leaders at the funeral of former Singapore Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kwan Yew on March 29.

Lee, who was 91 when he died, was the first Prime Minister of the modern Republic of Singapore and regarded as the founding father of the country after Singapore split from then Federation of Malaysia in 1965. 

Initially against the split, Lee was quite emotional at the time:

"Every time we look back on this moment when we signed this agreement which severed Singapore from Malaysia, it will be a moment of anguish. For me it is a moment of anguish because all my life ... you see, the whole of my adult life ... I have believed in merger and the unity of these two territories. You know that we, as a people are connected by geography, economics, by ties of kinship..."

Anyone who has been to Singapore will know that it was during the decades of Lee's leadership which saw Singapore transition from the third world to the first world, all in a single generation, and develop into a modern country with its own independent identity and culture. 

Other world leaders who attended the funeral included the Sultan of Brunei, the King and Queen of Bhutan, and former US President Bill Clinton. 

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