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.
FRIDAY, MAR 27
7.35AM: The elderly, handicapped and those with children under 6 were actively directed towards the Priority Queue, which was located at the junction of St Andrew’s and Stamford Road.
This was in contrast to the situation on Thursday, when scenes of confusion and bottlenecks in the Priority Queue were reported.
7AM: Officials said the estimated waiting for people looking to pay their respects to the late Mr Lee remains at 7am. The waiting time for those in the priority queue seems to be shorter, with some leaving the Parliament House telling our reporter that it took about an hour, while others say they came at 3am but only leaving at 7am.
6AM: The estimated waiting time for those looking to pay their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew is now 7 hours. Reporters on the ground say there is confusion over where the end of the queue is and this is causing a bottleneck, since people do not know where to join the queue.
5.15AM: Rehearsals for the State Funeral were conducted this morning, with uniformed personnel practising their drills. Tthe funeral procession will start from the Parliament House and end at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) University Cultural Centre.