UPDATE: Padang queue to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew is open again
LATEST (Saturday, March 28): The queues are open again.
Official site RememberingLeeKuanYew.sg has this update:
"The queue has re-opened on March 28 at 6.15am.
We would like to thank members of the public for their understanding and patience.
Those wishing to pay respects to Mr Lee can also do so at People’s Association community sites at 18 locations around Singapore."
March 27: The queue for members of the public to pay their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House has been temporarily suspended.
"We apologise that the queue has to be temporarily suspended but we seek the public’s understanding that this was decided to protect the safety and well-being of those wishing to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew," said the State Funeral Organising Committee in a statement on Friday (March 27) night.
The committee said this was done to "ensure safety of individuals due to the large crowds and to limit the physical discomfort of the long wait".
"We will inform the public when the queue is open again," it said.
The queue to enter Parliament House begins at the Padang. The current estimated queue time is more than 10 hours.
As at 11 pm on Friday, more than 290,000 have paid their respects to Mr Lee at the Parliament House.
The committee added: "Those wishing to pay respects to Mr Lee can also do so at People’s Association community sites at 18 different locations around Singapore."
The community sites at Ang Mo Kio GRC, Aljunied GRC, Choa Chu Kang GRC, East Coast GRC, Jurong GRC, Moulmein-Kallang GRC, Nee Soon GRC, Sembawang GRC, Tanjong Pagar GRC and Tampines GRC are open round-the-clock. .
The other eight community sites operate daily from 10.00am to 8.00pm, March 29.