Members of the public paying respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a period of National Mourning for Mr Lee Kuan Yew from Monday to Sunday (Mar 29). Tribute venues have been set up at 18 community sites across the island, as well as at 25 public libraries from Wednesday to Apr 22. Visiting hours at the Parliament House has been extended to 24 hours till 8pm Saturday (Mar 28), and people are to queue at the Padang from 7am, Thursday.
THURSDAY, MAR 26
8.25AM: As of midnight, the cumulative number of visitors to the lying in state was 59,420, the Government announces. A total of 41,000 had been issued at Parliament House as of 5am.
8AM: US President Barack Obama announces a Presidential Delegation to attend Mr Lee’s State Funeral on Sunday will be led by former President Bill Clinton, with Mr Henry Kissinger also in attendance.
7.30AM: Those in the queue to Parliament House are telling our reporter that it took them about 45 minutes to reach the front of the line.
6AM: Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s coffin was conveyed from Sri Temasek to Parliament House on Wednesday morning to lie in state until the State Funeral on Sunday. Members of the public were allowed to pay their last respects to Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, and long queues were seen throughout the whole day.
The visiting hours were extended to 24 hours from Wednesday till 8pm on Saturday, and the Land Transport Authority and transport operators announced 24-hour transport services for people wanting to pay their respects.