Singapore's prime minister and president visit mourners paying tribute to father of the nation Lee Kuan Yew. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited mourners leaving floral tributes and messages of condolence on Tuesday (March 24) at the presidential palace in memory of his father Lee Kuan Yew, hailed as the founder of the nation. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre. The country's President Tony Tan was also on hand to meet and talk to Singaporeans at the site, one of several where people have been gathering to show their grief since the news of his death was announced on Monday (March 23). U.S. President Barack Obama described Lee, who ruled Singapore for three decades, as "a true giant of history" whose advice on governance and economic development had been sought by other world leaders down the years. In his lifetime, Lee drew praise for his market-friendly policies, but also criticism at home and abroad for his strict controls over the press, public protest and political opponents. Lee had receded from public and political life over the past few years, but was still seen as an influential figure in the government of his eldest son. The government declared a period of national mourning until his funeral on Sunday.