Discovery Channel to air Lee Kuan Yew special


Posted at Mar 23 2015 01:29 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2015 09:33 PM

Lee Kuan Yew. Photo: Handout

MANILA -- Discovery Channel will pay tribute to the man regarded as the founding father of modern Singapore in "Father of a Nation: Lee Kuan Yew," a one-hour special that celebrates his life and chronicles some of his greatest achievements. The program will air on Tuesday at 9 .p.m.

"In a matter of decades, Singapore has emerged from a rural backwater island and evolved into a bustling economic powerhouse. Despite its lack of natural resources, the country now stands proud as one of Asia's Tigers and this leap from third world to first can be attributed to one man - Lee Kuan Yew," Discovery Channel said in a statement released on Monday, just hours after the leader's death.

Lee, 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 to a global trade and financial center.

The Singapore government has declared a period of national mourning until his funeral on Sunday. Lee's family will hold a private wake in the next two days, then his body will lie in state at parliament from Wednesday to Saturday.

"Father of a Nation: Lee Kuan Yew" documents the story of "how one man survived World War 2, took on the British Empire, struggled for independence and fought for the people and country that he loved," Discovery Channel said in its program notes.

The special will have replays on Wednesday (10 p.m.), Friday (11 p.m.), Saturday (10 p.m.) and Sunday (9 p.m.). -- With report from Reuters