1923 - 2015
Lee Kuan Yew
How the Twittersphere
reacted to the news

STRAITS TIMES GRAPHIC: Lin Zhaowei, Rodolfo Pazos and Yime Benites

The death of Singapore's founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on March 23 led to an overwhelming outpouring of grief in Singapore. Over 450,000 paid their last respects to Mr Lee during his lying in state at Parliament House from March 25 to 28, and over 100,000 lined the streets to say their final goodbyes during the 15.4km funeral procession on March 29.

According to Twitter, over 1.2 million tweets related to Mr Lee were sent from March 23 to 30 during the seven days of mourning.

We collected and analysed over half a million tweets from March 18 to 30 that contained the terms "Lee Kuan Yew" or #LeeKuanYew. Of the 531,964 tweets collected, 2,697 contain location data. We map out the tweets over this period in our interactive map below:

There were three distinctive peaks in the number of tweets per hour during this period:

1. When a screenshot of a fake Prime Minister's Office website announcement of Mr Lee's death went viral on March 18.

2. When news of Mr Lee's death broke on March 23.

3. During Mr Lee's funeral procession and service on March 29.

Most of the tweets originated from Singapore, but the rest of the world also took to Twitter to react to news about Mr Lee. This map displays all the 2,697 geolocated tweets at once.

And from Singapore:

Many Singaporeans posted their own condolence messages and retweeted updates from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong @leehsienloong (https://twitter.com/leehsienloong) and news outlets during the mourning period.

The most retweeted message was PM Lee's announcement of his father's death, followed by a screenshot of a piece of artwork and a photo post by news blog site Global Bearings.

Below are the five most retweeted posts from The Straits Times (@STcom).

Daily Recap

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father, died on March 23 at the age of 91. Revisit our full coverage of the seven days of mourning and the state funeral here.

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  • Day 1: March 23, Monday

    STORIES

    Singapore's founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91 at 3.18am on Monday

    Singapore's founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, has died, leaving behind the unlikely nation that he and his colleagues fostered and built over five decades as his lasting legacy. Mr Lee, who would have turned 92 this September, died at the Singapore General Hospital where he had been warded for severe pneumonia since Feb 5. Full Story

    PM Lee declares 7-day period of national mourning to mark Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has declared a seven-day period of national mourning for Singapore's founding father. As a mark of respect, the state flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast for the mourning period, which ends on Sunday, March 29. Full Story

    PM Lee Hsien Loong 'grieved beyond words' at Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death

    In an emotional speech to the nation that was broadcast live from the Istana at 8am, PM Lee paid tribute to the elder Mr Lee in Malay, Chinese and English. Full Story

    Tributes pour in from all over the world hailing Mr Lee Kuan Yew as visionary leader

    Tributes have poured in from world leaders past and present for the late Mr Lee. US President Barack Obama was among the first world leaders to pay tribute to Mr Lee, calling him "a true giant of history". Full Story

    More than 11,000 condolence cards handed out to people paying tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Tributes have poured in from world leaders past and present for the late Mr Lee. US President Barack Obama was among the first world leaders to pay tribute to Mr Lee, calling him "a true giant of history". Full Story

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew's body comes to rest at Istana for private family wake

    The body of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has come to rest at Sri Temasek in the Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, for a private family wake which will end on Tuesday evening. Mr Lee, who died at the age of 91 on Monday, did not live in Sri Temasek but spent many happy moments taking strolls on the Istana's green lawns with his late wife. Full Story

    PM on Mr Lee Kuan Yew: 'When you needed him, he was there'

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a habit of tugging his shirt sleeves near his shoulders whenever he was engrossed in a conversation. So did Mr Lee Kuan Yew. This was one of the matter-of-fact observations the elder Mr Lee made when he was asked if father and son had similar traits. Full Story

    Lee's lawyer, Davinder Singh, remembers the man

    Top litigator Davinder Singh, who represented Mr Lee Kuan Yew in his controversial lawsuits against opposition politicians and foreign media outlets, said on Monday that it was a "wild dream come true" to work for a man who was his parents' hero. Full Story

    Picture essay: Private wake at the Istana for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    On Monday afternoon, Mr Lee's casket was laid out in a simple room on the ground floor of the two-storey terrace house. President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Cabinet ministers and many others came to pay their respects to Mr Lee, with black ribbons pinned to their shirts. Full Story

    People create icons to share on social media in memory of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Several people have created icons and art works in memory of Mr Lee Kuan Yew after he died on Monday at 3.18am at the age of 91. Here are some that have been shared on social media. Full Story

  • Day 2: March 24, Tuesday

    STORIES

    Gun carriage to convey Mr Lee Kuan Yew's body from Istana to Parliament House on March 25

    A gun carriage will convey Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s body from the Istana to Parliament House on Wednesday, March 25, morning, where he will lie in state until Saturday. The gun carriage will leave the Istana at 9am. It will go along parts of Orchard Road, Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road. These stretches of roads will be closed to traffic from 8.45am to 9.30am. Full Story

    PM Lee Hsien Loong greets people leaving condolences at Istana for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching stopped by the main gates of the Istana, where Singaporeans are lining up to pay tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on Tuesday afternoon. Full Story

    Orchid named after Mr Lee Kuan Yew matches the hybrid named after late Mrs Lee: Khaw Boon Wan

    NParks officials presented a hybrid orchid named after Mr Lee Kuan Yew to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Tuesday. Minister of National Development Khaw Boon Wan revealed that NParks has been looking out for a suitable orchid hybrid to name after Mr Lee. Full Story

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew's Red Box: Heng Swee Keat

    Mr Lee always kept a red box close by. About 14cm wide, it contained all of the things he was working on at any one time. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat revealed this and provided a glimpse into what was in the box, in a touching five-page essay about his former boss that was released on Tuesday. Full Story

    Front-page tributes to Mr Lee Kuan Yew in newspapers in Asia

    The death of Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was front-page headline in major newspapers across Asia. The news was also prominently reported beyond Asia. Full Story

    What world leaders say about Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    From Washington, London to Beijing and Jakarta, the world has paid tribute to Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, describing him as one of the "greatest" leaders of our times, a "lion among leaders" and an "inspiration" to Asia and beyond. Full Story

    Opposition politician Chiam See Tong: No one else has shaped modern Singapore more than Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Veteran opposition politician Chiam See Tong has sent his condolences to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the passing of his father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. In his letter, Mr Chiam, who is secretary-general of the Singapore People's Party, wrote: "No one else has shaped modern Singapore more so than Lee Kuan Yew, since he became Prime Minister in 1959." Full Story

    Hundreds flock Singapore missions across Asia to offer condolences for Lee Kuan Yew

    Across Asia especially, ordinary people, government officials and expat Singaporeans have been streaming into Singapore missions to record their condolences, in books placed before black and white portraits of Lee Kuan Yew, flanked by flowers. Full Story

    ST's Tribute Wall Day 1: More than 2,000 pen their tributes to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    The ST Tribute Wall came online on Monday morning and by midnight, more than 2,000 readers have penned their tributes to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Tributes are still pouring in on Tuesday. Full Story

  • Day 3: March 25, Wednesday

    STORIES

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew's body lies in state at Parliament House

    In an emotional journey, the body of Mr Lee Kuan Yew was conveyed via a gun carriage from the Istana to Parliament House on Wednesday morning, where Singaporeans can pay their last respects till Saturday. Thousands lined the streets along the route from about 7.30am for the ceremony that started at 9am at Sri Temasek at the Istana. Full Story

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew's body conveyed from the Istana to Parliament House: A look back in pictures

    The body of Mr Lee Kuan Yew was conveyed via a gun carriage from the Istana to Parliament House on Wednesday morning, where Singaporeans can pay their last respects to the founding Prime Minister till Saturday. Here's a look back, in pictures, at the emotional journey. Full Story

    Lying in state will now be round the clock

    The public will be able to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew round the clock daily till 8pm on Saturday, as a massive queue formed around Parliament House and the civic district. Full Story

    24-hour MRT services on Wednesday for public to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    MRT train services will run for 24 hours on Wednesday, so the public can travel to Parliament House to pay their respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Forty-one feeder bus services serving the residential towns will also operate non-stop. Full Story

    How long is the queue to pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew? Watch these videos

    Members of the public wishing to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House had to stand in line for as long as eight hours on Wednesday. Just how long is the queue? Straits Times photojournalist Ong Wee Jin finds out. Full Story

    Priority in queues given to elderly, pregnant and the disabled paying respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    The elderly, the pregnant and the disabled paying their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew have priority in the long queues leading to the Parliament House, which started forming on Wednesday. They can approach staff on the ground for assistance. Full Story

    Acts of kindness for crowd queuing to pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    As Singaporeans queued in the hot sun for hours on Wednesday awaiting their turn to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament House, acts of kindness sprouted up around them. From iced drinks to flowers, eateries and businesses located along the queue - which stretched from City Hall MRT to as far as Chinatown - spontaneously handed out free items to quench their thirst. Full Story

    Blog: Standing in line to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Reporter Rachel Chang joined many others waiting in line on Wednesday morning to enter Parliament House to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. She shares her thoughts. Full Story

    Crowds visit National Museum exhibition on Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    People have been streaming in to the National Museum of Singapore to retrace Mr Lee Kuan Yew's life at a new exhibition dedicated to him. Launched on Wednesday, the showcase is called In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew. Full Story

    ESM Goh Chok Tong on Mr Lee Kuan Yew's 'most awesome' speech in Parliament

    Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, in a Facebook post on Wednesday, wrote about what he thought was the most memorable speech the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew made in Parliament - a four-hour long speech in February 1977 at the old Parliament House. Full Story

  • Day 4: March 26, Thursday

    STORIES

    Public paying last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew start queueing at Padang early Thursday morning

    People waiting to pay their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew started queueing at the Padang field just before 5.30am on Thursday morning, as organisers instituted a new queueing system on the second day of public mourning. As at 6am, the waiting time is three hours, according to the state funeral organisers' website. Full Story

    10 community tribute centres for Mr Lee Kuan Yew to open 24 hours till Sunday

    Ten of the 18 community tribute centres that were set up islandwide to allow people to pay their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew will operate round the clock from Wednesday to Sunday. Up to 9pm on Wednesday, about 220,000 people have visited the community sites, which opened in batches in the last three days. Full Story

    Malaysia PM Najib pays last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Singapore on Thursday to pay his last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The Prime Minister said he was expressing his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Malaysian government and its people. Full Story

    Metro to close this Sunday as mark of respect for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Department store Metro will shut its five outlets here this Sunday (March 29), when the state funeral for former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew will be held, as a gesture of respect. Normal operations will resume on Monday. Full Story

    Public transport service hours extended on Thursday but trains will not run overnight

    MRT and LRT train services will end later tonight for members of the public who wish to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House but will not run overnight. The last MRT trains will leave City Hall, Raffles Place and Clarke Quay stations at about 12.45am instead of the usual time around 11.50pm. LRT services and 41 feeder bus services will also run for extended service hours to match the arrival of the last trains. Full Story

    MPs pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew in special sitting of Parliament

    Parliament on Thursday sat in a special session to pay tribute to the many achievements of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The House was packed with MPs mostly dressed in black and white and wearing a black ribbon or a white flower. A bouquet of white flowers was placed on Mr Lee's vacant seat. Full Story

    Netizens debate over wearing black or white to pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Should Singapore wear black or white on Sunday to unite on the last day of mourning for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew? Messages urging everyone to wear either black or white as a sign of respect on the day of Mr Lee's funeral, have been circulating via WhatsApp and social media. Full Story

    Funeral procession for Mr Lee Kuan Yew to pass landmarks, heartlands; starts 12.30pm on Sunday

    The funeral procession for Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, March 29, will pass significant landmarks like the Old Parliament House, as well as heartland areas. The procession, which will cover a distance of 15.4km, will commence at 12.30pm. Other landmarks include City Hall, the Padang, NTUC Centre and Singapore Conference Hall. Full Story

    Update at 11pm: Wait for public to pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew is 6 hours

    As at 11pm on Thursday, members of public paying their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House should expect to queue for about six hours. According to a recent update on the Remembering Lee Kuan Yew Facebook page, a shorter wait of two hours or so can be expected between 4am and 9am each morning. Full Story

  • Day 5: March 27, Friday

    STORIES

    Queues of people waiting to pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew continue to swell

    People continued to turn up overnight to join the queues outside Parliament House to pay their last respects to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. As at 7am, they were told to expect a wait of about seven hours. Despite advice from the state funeral organising committee at about 2am asking people not to join the queue until further updates, the turnout continued to swell. Full Story

    Public 'strongly advised' not to join Parliament House queue as crowds swell Friday; urged to visit community sites instead

    Members of the public are strongly advised not to join the queue at Parliament House to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, said an updated statement at 8am, Friday, March 27. They are urged to wait for further updates. Full Story

    No to flag displays at homes on Sunday, okay to carry it at funeral procession: Lawrence Wong

    It's no go for a call to allow Singaporeans to display the national flag in front of their homes on Sunday, when the state funeral of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is held. Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, has turned down the suggestion from a group of young grassroots volunteers from East Coast GRC. Full Story

    Opposition politician Chiam See Tong pays last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s contributions to Singapore outweigh the criticisms made by opposition, said Singapore People’s Party secretary-general Chiam See Tong on Friday afternoon. The veteran opposition politician, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is the country’s longest-serving opposition MP until 2011, penned a heartfelt condolence letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong earlier this week. Full Story

    Train services to operate overnight Friday to let public pay respects to Lee Kuan Yew

    All services on the MRT and LRT systems will operate overnight on Friday, at frequencies of up to 20 minutes, for members of the public who wish to pay their last respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House. A total of 41 feeder bus services will also operate through the night. Full Story

    Blog: My five hours in the Padang queue

    When the bad news came on Monday, there was no time to be sad – I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I knew I needed a proper time to grieve, so I made up my mind to go down to Parliament House on my day off today despite the daunting queues. Before I left home at 4.45am, I checked the Remembering Lee Kuan Yew website and the estimated waiting time was eight hours. So what? I had all day. Full Story

    RWS, MBS casinos to be closed from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday as mark of respect for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) said on Friday on its Facebook page that the casino there will be closed from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday. Full Story

    SAF to bid farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew with the "highest honours"

    The Singapore Armed Forces will join the nation to bid farewell to former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, giving him "the highest honours" on land, air and sea. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post on Friday that four ceremonial 25-pounders at the Padang will fire the 21-gun salute when the funeral procession of Mr Lee passes through the Padang and Old Parliament House. Full Story

    India declares a day of national mourning on Sunday for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    India has declared national mourning on Sunday as a mark of respect to the former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew. The national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country and there will be no official entertainment on Sunday, Mr Lee's funeral day, an official statement said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the funeral of Mr Lee. Full Story

    Road closures on Sunday for state funeral of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Several roads will be closed on Sunday to facilitate State Funeral Procession and State Funeral Service, said the Traffic Police. The State Funeral Service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew will be held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) located at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Sunday. It will commence at 2pm. Full Story

    10pm Friday update: 10-hour waiting time at Parliament House; public urged to visit community sites instead

    As the queue to get into the Parliament House to pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew swelled on Friday, authorities are asking the public to visit community sites islandwide instead. As of 10pm on Friday, the waiting time was 10 hours for people in the burgeoning queue. Full Story

  • Day 6: March 28, Saturday

    STORIES

    e-book revives key ideas of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    What were some of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's key ideas that shaped modern Singapore? How did he go about implementing them? In October 1997, Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas was launched. It was the first book that tried to answer these questions, through an exclusive series of interviews with Mr Lee, who was then Senior Minister, as well as his speeches. Excerpts of Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas, are now available in the form of an e-book in The Straits Times Star app. Full Story

    Interactive map/video: Sunday's procession route for the State funeral of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    The funeral procession for Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, March 29, will pass significant landmarks like the Old Parliament House, as well as heartland areas. The procession, which will cover a distance of 15.4km, will commence at 12.30pm. Other landmarks include City Hall, the Padang, NTUC Centre and Singapore Conference Hall. Full Story

    Update at 11am Saturday: Wait for public to pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew is 6 hours

    As at 11am on Saturday, the waiting time for the public to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House was about six hours. The queue for Mr Lee's lying in state at the Parliament house reopened on Saturday morning at 6.15am. It was temporarily closed at about 11pm on Friday for the safety of those in line. Full Story

    PM Lee Hsien Loong thanks musicians for tributes to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted on his Facebook page a note of thanks to all the musicians presenting musical tributes at the Lying-in-State for Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House. "Thousands heard and enjoyed their beautiful and moving performances," he said. Full Story

    Mandai Crematorium, Columbarium to be closed on Sunday afternoon

    The Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium will be closed on Sunday afternoon for the cremation service of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The crematorium will shut its doors to the public from 1pm while the columbarium will be closed from 3pm, according to a statement by the National Environment Agency on Friday. Full Story

    MRT, selected bus services to end later on Saturday and Sunday

    MRT train services will end later on Saturday night to cater to members of the public paying their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House. The last MRT trains will leave City Hall, Raffles Place and Clarke Quay stations at about 1.00am instead of the usual around 11.50pm. Full Story

    All 18 community sites to stay open round the clock for residents to pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    All 18 community tribute sites are now open 24 hours a day to allow more people to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, up from the original 10 which were open round the clock. The sites will remain open from now until the end of the State funeral on Sunday, March 29, the People's Association said in a statement. Full Story

    Request for public to keep phones away, salute Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday goes viral

    A request for people to put their mobile phones away, and their hands up in salute during Mr Lee Kuan Yew's state funeral procession on Sunday has gone viral. Facebook user Samuel Tan posted a photo saying: "Show our appreciation, not our phones" on Friday. Within 11 hours, the post received almost 10,000 shares and close to 10,000 likes. Full Story

    Trains, buses and land checkpoints to halt for minute's silence

    On Sunday, trains will pull to a stop at stations, buses will be held back at bus interchanges, and all checks at Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints will be stopped to observe the minute of silence for the state funeral of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. "At the two land checkpoints, all persons and vehicle checks will be stopped to observe the minute of silence," said the State Funeral Organising Committee in a statement. Full Story

    Parliament House queue closes at 8pm, more than 1.2m pay last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    More than 1.2 million people have paid their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House and community tribute sites islandwide, as the public mourning period comes to an end on Saturday evening. About 415,000 people have done so at Parliament House where the queue for mourners officially closed at 8pm, Saturday, as scheduled. Some 850,000 people have also paid tribute to Singapore's founding father at the various community sites, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Full Story

    Bangladeshi workers in Singapore pay tribute to Mr Lee with a memorial service

    Bangladesh newspaper Banglar Kantha organised a memorial service at its office along Rowell Road tonight, where about 30 Bangladeshi workers recited poems they wrote about Mr Lee Kuan Yew. A banner made for the service described the late Mr Lee as "a leader who devoted his life to building up his nation". Full Story

  • Day 7: March 29, Sunday

    STORIES

    'Even the sky is crying': Sombre mood as Mr Lee Kuan Yew makes final journey across Singapore

    Despite being drenched, the crowds were rooted to the spot as they waited to bid Singapore's founding father goodbye for the last time. Mr Lee Kuan Yew embarked on his final journey through Singapore on Sunday, March 29. At 12.40pm, his coffin left Parliament House, where he had been lying in state since March 25. Full Story

    More than 100,000 people lined the streets to bid farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Over 100,000 people lined the streets along the state funeral procession route on Sunday to bid farewell to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, according to the State Funeral Organising Committee. Close to 2,000 police officers were deployed to ensure the smooth flow of the cortege and accompanying convoy from Parliament House to the University Cultural Centre (UCC), it said in a statement issued on Sunday night. Full Story

    Singaporeans struggle to contain emotions during funeral procession of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Crowds that had lined the streets hours before Mr Lee Kuan Yew's state funeral procession was scheduled to begin, braving the heavy downpour, struggled to contain their emotions as the cortege passed them by. They cheered, clapped and chanted the name of Singapore's first Prime Minister as the procession went by. Full Story

    ST readers send in more than 100 photos of State funeral procession

    It wasn't just the media who were out on the streets photographing a historical moment on Sunday afternoon. Many members of the public also documented the emotional journey as Mr Lee Kuan Yew's cortege made its way from the Parliament House to the University Cultural Centre. The Straits Times received some 100 crowd-sourced photos via a photo-submission site, which asked readers to share what they saw during the procession. Full Story

    RSAF's Black Knights could not perform 'Missing Man' formation during State Funeral procession

    The "Missing Man" formation by the Republic of Singapore Air Force's Black Knights, one of the most anticipated elements of the State Funeral procession for Mr Lee Kuan Yew, was not performed on Sunday. The jets did an aerial flypast above cloud cover, but could not do the formation due to rainy weather and low visibility. Full Story

    10 moving eulogies delivered at funeral service of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Ten moving eulogies were delivered at the funeral service of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday. The service, held at the University Cultural Centre of the National University of Singapore, was attended by 2,200 people including Mr Lee's family members, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Cabinet ministers, judges, members of Parliament and foreign leaders from more than 20 countries, as well as invited Singaporeans from all walks of life. Full Story

    A minute of silence observed across Singapore to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    From MRT stations to bus interchanges, homes and community centres, Singaporeans acted as one on Sunday evening when they observed a minute of silence to honour the country's founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. A siren blaring across the island linked all to the funeral service inside the University Cultural Centre (UCC). Full Story


    Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral: From public mourning to private family farewell at Mandai

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew's family said farewell to him on Sunday, March 29, evening, in an emotional ceremony at Mandai Crematorium. The casket arrived at 6.10 pm and was borne aloft to Hall 1. As his body lay in the open casket, family members took turns to share memories of their father and grandfather. Full Story

    Singaporean abroad: Mixed emotions as nation mourns Lee Kuan Yew

    I grew up in a place that was nowhere, dreaming of the wider world. And because Singapore had the same dreams, whistling so the world came to it, I am here today, on the other side of the globe, preaching the gospel of the little red dot, whether or not I am aware of it. I have thought of all this, the surprising trajectory of my life, while we waited to lay to rest almost the last of the old guard, and the first among equals. Full Story