Malaysia PM Najib conveys condolences to Singapore PM

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed sadness over the passing of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and family.

"I pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew's determination in developing Singapore from a new nation to the modern and dynamic city we see today. His achievements were great and his legacy assured," the Prime Minister said in a statement on Monday.

Earlier in a post on Facebook, Najib had conveyed his condolences to his Singapore counterpart.

"Lee Hsien Loong I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

"On behalf of all Malaysians, my deepest condolences to the people of Singapore.

"Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew's achievements were great, and his legacy is assured," Najib posted on his Facebook page.

Lee passed away at the Singapore General Hospital on Monday at 3.18am. He was 91.

He is widely regarded as the man most instrumental in shaping Singapore, from the time he and his People's Action Party colleagues pushed for self-government in the 1950s, to their quest for merger with Malaysia in the early 1960s, and their efforts to secure the country's survival after independence was thrust on it on Aug 9, 1965.