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Tributes pour in for Singapore's former prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 08:01

FORMER prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, a co-founder of the People's Action Party, has died at the age of 91.

A period of National Mourning from Monday, March 23, to Sunday, March 29, has been declared by the government. As a mark of respect, the State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast from Monday till Sunday, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Here are more tributes from this morning:

- It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that the Labour Movement learned of the demise of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. To the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), affiliated unions and all in the Labour Movement, it means the losing of the founding father of independent Singapore, and a dear brother to our workers. We share the family's grief and extend our deepest condolences to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and family.

Mr Lee was a true fighter for our workers. From the time he fought alongside the Postal and Telecommunications Uniformed Staff Union for better pay and terms, he has always had the welfare and interests of workers at heart and in mind. As the co-founder of the People's Action Party (PAP), he forged a strong symbiotic relationship with the NTUC. As the first Prime Minister of Singapore, he championed a strong spirit of tripartism, bringing labour, management and government together. Because of his care and concern for the people, countless workers have benefitted from fair treatment, higher wages and better conditions at the workplace. It is because of him that we, as a people, can lay claim to better jobs, better lives and brighter futures ahead. - National Trades Union Congress

- Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Cabinet colleagues send our deepest condolences to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the family of our Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. We will always remember his sound guidance, his constant questioning, and his fatherly care for Singapore and for all of us. Let us dedicate ourselves to Singapore and Singaporeans, in the way that Mr Lee showed us. - The Cabinet Office

- Founding Secretary General Lee Kuan Yew has devoted his whole life to Singapore. Millions of Singaporeans have improved their lives because of his dedication and sacrifice. As we mourn his passing, let's also re-dedicate ourselves to building on his legacy for the Party and for Singapore - The People's Action Party Central Executive Committee

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