Security is tight in Singapore ahead of the funeral of the city state's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Security was tight in Singapore on Sunday (March 29) ahead of the funeral procession for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Lee's funeral procession will begin at about 12.30 pm (0430 GMT) and cover 15.4 km to the National University of Singapore, where funeral services will be held. Some people started to gather early to secure a spot to watch the procession and catch a glimpse of the hearse as it leaves Parliament House. Commercial activity in Singapore, known for its shopping and food, is expected to slow significantly on Sunday. Several shopping mall owners and big stores such as Tangs and Metro said they would close on the day of the funeral. Asia-Pacific leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and South Korean President Park Geun-hye will be among those attending the services. Lee, Singapore's first prime minister, died on March 23, at the age of 91. He is credited with transforming the city-state from a British colonial outpost into one of the world's wealthiest nations, with a strong, pervasive role for the state and little patience for dissent.