Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Indonesia President Joko Widodo to attend state funeral for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Indonesian President Joko Widodo will attend the state funeral for Mr Lee Kuan Yew, even as he paid tribute to Singapore's late founding father in in a statement delivered through his Cabinet Secretary.

"On March 29, President Jokowi will go to Singapore to attend the state funeral for Mr Lee Kuan Yew," Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto told reporters on Monday.

Here is Mr Joko's tribute in full:

"The government and people of Indonesia wish to convey their deep sorrow over the passing of former PM Lee Kuan Yew on Monday, 3.18am.

"The late former prime minister is a close friend of Indonesia, and known as the founding father of modern Singapore. As a leader and a great statesman who loved his people, he was also one of the most influential politicians in Asia.

"Under his leadership, Singapore successfully transformed into a major economic hub in Asia, putting it on a par with other developed nations.

"The Government and people of Indonesia pray that the family he leaves behind, the Government, nation and citizens be given the strength and fortitude in facing this moment of grief.

"The Government and people of Indonesia believe that Singapore would be able to pull through this difficult time and develop according to the aspirations of the people."