Ma charters plane to pay respects to Lee

The China Post
March 25, 2015
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) flew to Singapore yesterday to pay final

A van carrying President Ma Ying-jeou is shown en route to a charted flight bound for Singapore, yesterday. Ma was due to pay final respects to late Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kwan Yew (李光耀), who died on March 23. Ma's chartered China Airlines flight departed at 11:30 a.m. from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. (CNA)

A van carrying President Ma Ying-jeou is shown en route to a charted flight bound for Singapore, yesterday. Ma was due to pay final respects to late Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kwan Yew (李光耀), who died on March 23. Ma’s chartered China Airlines flight departed at 11:30 a.m. from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. (CNA)

respects to late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀). Lee died on March 23 at the age of 91.

Ma’s journey, which began at 11:30 a.m. with a chartered China Airlines flight leaving Taipei, came within 24 hours of Lee’s death. The president was expected to return yesterday evening. He was accompanied by former Foreign Minister Chien Fu (錢復) and former General Secretary of the National Security Council Hu Wei-jen (胡為真). The Presidential Office made no official statement concerning Ma’s visit, sparking criticism.

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