Singapore Mourns Death Of Founder
Singapore’s longtime leader, Lee Kuan Yew, is dead.
The country is mourning with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television today.
The government announced that Lee, 91, died several hours before dawn at Singapore General Hospital. He was hospitalized in early February with severe pneumonia.
State TV broke away from its regular programming with a rolling hagiographic tribute to Lee’s life and achievements.
Effusive tributes flowed in from world leaders, including President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The BBC’s Jonathan Head joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss Yew’s legacy.
- Jonathan Head, Southeast Asia correspondent for BBC News. He tweets @pakhead.
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