Singapore

Public can pay respects on Thursday

A State Funeral Service for former president S R Nathan will take place from 4pm on Friday at the NUS University Cultural Centre.

It will be attended by Mr Nathan's family, friends and former colleagues, the President, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, civil servants as well as Singaporeans from all walks of life.

The State Funeral Service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.

The Government has accepted the wishes of the late Mr Nathan and his family in making the funeral arrangements, said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The Government will provide all the necessary assistance.

The State flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast from today to Friday as a mark of respect for Singapore's longest-serving president, who died yesterday.

The body of the late Mr Nathan will lie in state at Parliament House from 10am on Thursday to 12pm on Friday.

The public may pay their last respects at Parliament House from 10am to 8pm on Thursday.

On Friday, members of the diplomatic corps and other officials may pay their last respects from 9am to 12pm.

Condolence boards will be available at the Istana for those who wish to pen tributes to the late Mr Nathan from today at 6am.

Condolence books will also be opened at all Overseas Missions for overseas Singaporeans and their friends.

The public can offer their condolences and share their memories of Mr Nathan at the official website www.remembering.sg/srnathan and/or the Remembering S R Nathan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RememberingSRNathan

The public can call the hotline on 6336-1166 with queries, visit the official website and/or the Facebook page for more details.

A table has also been set up at Block 5 of SGH for members of the public to leave their tributes.

- The Straits Times.

“He was active to the end, and never lost his human touch. In the last few months, he was sending letters to me and others with his sharp observations and advice on various issues, always in his beautiful handwriting. When I last saw him at his home for lunch, he was in a mellow mood. He had recalled that I had liked the sambal udang last time and made sure it was served again.”

— Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam

“He was a giant of our times and together with his generation, helped secure the peace, harmony and stability we enjoy today. His courage, fortitude and dignity in dealing with difficult issues is an inspiration to all of us. He risked his life in exchange for the safe release of the hostages back to Singapore during the Laju hijack.”

— Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean

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