Singapore is in mourning for its President, Yusof Bin Ishak, who died of a heart attack yesterday (Monday).
Singapore is in mourning for its President, Yusof Bin Ishak, who died of a heart attack yesterday (Monday). Today, as President Yusof lay in state, Singapore government leaders paid their last respects.
Later today he was due to be buried with full state honours at Singapore's new National Cemetery.
The 60-year-old President, a Malay, had been Head to State of the pre-dominantly-Chinese Island Republic since its independence 11 years ago. He was a quiet, dignified man who took no active part in the island's often stormy politics.
President Yusof, a former journalist, was recognised as a symbol of Singapore's multi-racialism rather than as an active leader.
His successor will be chosen by Singapore's Parliament.