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A Singaporean farewell to the nation's founder

SINGAPORE -- Singaporeans are bidding a final farewell to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away at 91 on Mar. 23.

     Lee's body was moved to Parliament House on Wednesday morning, where thousands had gathered to pay respects to the man most responsible for the creation of modern Singapore.

     The area around the assembly was filled with people from very early, and there were ripples of applause and sounds of grieving as the carriage bearing Lee's simple casket entered the main gate.

     The hall in which Lee is lying in state will remain open to the public around the clock until 8pm on Mar. 28.

     Many people took a day off work to pay their respects, and the waiting time in queues stretching through the streets and across bridges near Parliament House was expected to reach eight hours.

     Eugene Sng, a 38-year-old employee at a food company, was among those waiting patiently in line. "Mr Lee was a giant among leaders," said Sng. "When I saw him lying quietly in the casket, I felt a sense of loss in my heart -- like a vacuum."

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