While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 24 edition

PM Lee Hsien Loong grateful to those who pay respects to father Lee Kuan Yew

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he greatly appreciated the messages of condolence and support following the death of his father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

In a Facebook post on Monday night, he wrote: "My family and I greatly appreciate your messages of condolence and support.

"Grateful to those who came to pay respects at the wake this evening. Many told me how my father had made a difference to their lives."

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Lee Kuan Yew was always a friend to Britain, says British Prime Minister David Cameron

Singapore's former colonial master, the country whose citizen he once was and where he pursued his university education, offered ample tributes to Lee Kuan Yew's legacy.

Praising Mr Lee for making his country "into one of the great success stories of our modern world", British Prime Minister David Cameron noted that he "was always a friend to Britain, if sometimes a critical one, and many British Prime Ministers benefited from his wise advice, including me".

The British leader also recalled that the late premier Lady Thatcher "once said that there was no Prime Minister she admired more than Mr Lee for 'the strength of his convictions, the clarity of his views, the directness of his speech and his vision of the way ahead".

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Overseas Singaporeans, neighbours pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Staff in Singapore's embassies across Asia wore black armbands  and lowered the national flag to half mast in a mark of respect for the passing of Lee Kuan Yew early on Monday.

 At Singapore's Embassy in Bangkok, former Thai prime minister Anand Panyarachun, who knew Lee Kuan Yew well and had great respect for him, was among the first to arrive to sign the condolence book - which every Embassy opened for Singaporean expatriates and the  public. Another former Thai prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, came by in the afternoon to sign it as well. 

In Manila, dozens of Singaporeans made their way to the embassy to sign the condolence book inside a small, solemn room, furnished with just a table, a chair, flowers in two vases, and a portrait of Mr Lee in his prime.

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President Joko Widodo conveys deep sorrow for loss of Indonesia's close friend Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Southeast Asia's dominant nation mourned the death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, a co-founder of Asean whose good ties with Indonesia's second President, Mr Suharto, set the stage for a bilateral relationship that helped stabilise the region.

Leaders across the Indonesian archipelago and from other Asean nations paid tribute to the man they called the founding father of Singapore and credited him with playing a crucial role in realising and shaping the regional grouping that started with five members and which doubled to 10.

President Joko Widodo, who is currently making a bilateral visit to Japan, followed by China, said he would travel to Singapore for Mr Lee's funeral on Sunday. He expressed his "deep sorrow" in a statement on behalf of the Indonesian government and people.

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Singaporeans in London pay respects to founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

More than 100 Singaporeans showed up at the Singapore High Commission in London on Monday afternoon to leave tributes for their founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Mostly students and young professionals living in Britain, some of them arrived alone while others came as a group.

The High Commission had opened a condolence book at its premises in Belgravia. Anyone wishing to sign it can do so between 9am and 10.30am, and 3pm and 5pm from Tuesday to Friday.

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