Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut expresses sadness over Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his condolences over the death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding founder, who died on Monday morning at the age of 91.

"I would like to express my sadness for the passing of former [Prime Minister] Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore," General Prayut said in a speech at the national convention centre this morning, as reported by the Khaosod English news portal. "He has been ill for a long time. I have been giving him my moral support."

Gen Prayut, who was supposed to make his first official visit to Singapore this week, postponed the trip due to Mr Lee's deterioriating health, according to Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Thailand's ambassador to Singapore Bansarn Bunnag was one of the first dignitaries to sign on the condolence wall outside the Istana office complex in Singapore. "On behalf of the Thai people, I wish to express the deepest condolences to the demise of H.E Mr Lee Kuan Yew," the handwritten note says.

Thai King Bhumibol, Queen Sirikit and Princess Sirindhorn also sent their condolences on the demise of Mr Lee, the Thai embassy said.

In Bangkok, Democrat party leader and former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva signed the condolence book at Singapore embassy on Monday.

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