Jayalalithaa death: Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister to pay respect in Chennai

According to official statistics, 74 per cent of Singapore's population is of Chinese ethnicity, while 13 per cent are of Malay heritage and 9 per cent of Indian, including Tamils

By: PTI | Singapore | Updated: December 6, 2016 2:16 pm
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Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is travelling to Chennai to pay tributes to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who passed away last night. Balakrishnan will be travelling with his Ministry officials, a government statement said. Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, died last night at a private hospital in Chennai after battling for life for the past 75 days.

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The 67-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. According to official statistics, 74 per cent of Singapore’s population is of Chinese ethnicity, while 13 per cent are of Malay heritage and 9 per cent of Indian, including Tamils. In Singapore, Tamil is an official language along with English, Mandarin and Malay. Foreign Affairs Minister Balakrishnan was also born to a Tamil father.

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