18 SITES FOR PUBLIC TO PAY LAST RESPECTS

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WAKE AND FUNERAL PROCEEDINGS

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'We won't see another man like him'

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"The first of our founding fathers is no more. He inspired us, gave us courage, kept us together, and brought us here.

"He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans.

"We won't see another man like him.

"To many Singaporeans, and indeed others too, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore.

"As Prime Minister, he pushed us hard to achieve what had seemed impossible. After he stepped down, he guided his successors with wisdom and tact. In old age, he continued to keep a watchful eye on Singapore.

"Singapore was his abiding passion. He gave of himself, in full measure, to Singapore.

"As he himself put it towards the end of his life, and I quote: 'I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There's nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.'

"I am grieved beyond words at the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I know that we all feel the same way.

"But even as we mourn his passing, let us also honour his spirit. Let us dedicate ourselves as one people to build on his foundations, strive for his ideals, and keep Singapore exceptional and successful for many years to come.

"May Mr Lee Kuan Yew rest in peace."

- Prime Minister Lee 
Hsien Loong, in his address to the 
nation yesterday morning

THE JUDGES

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Dancing across the cultural divide

Photo of Malay lion dance performer is Big Picture winner

REVEALED: Judge Terence Heng said Mr Goh Yock Siong's photo (above) captured the moment when the lion dance performer removed his costume, to the amusement of the onlookers.
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Drone with drugs, weapons crashes into UK jail

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US driver shot in head for honking

RAGE: The window of Ms Kay Hafford's car, with the bullet hole visible.
Ms Kay Hafford
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THE ROAD TO EVEREST

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Stroke ends his Everest dream

TOGETHER: Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest 2015 members (from left) Mr Seumas Yeo, Mr Ismail Latiff, Ms Nur Yurisna Ya'akob, Mr Zulkifli Latiff and Mr Muhammad Hilwan.
UPWARDS: Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest 2015 members climbing Nepal's Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, during a training climb last year.
UPWARDS: Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest 2015 members climbing Nepal's Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, during a training climb last year.
UPWARDS: Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest 2015 members climbing Nepal's Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, during a training climb last year.
UPWARDS: Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest 2015 members climbing Nepal's Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, during a training climb last year.

As Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest 2015's team leader, he was set to conquer the world's tallest mountain after years of planning and training.

But on their last big training climb last year, Mr Muhammad Hilwan Mohammad Idrus, 29, hit an insurmountable hurdle - he suffered a stroke.

His five-year Everest plans went downhill during the final training expedition in September at Cho Oyu, another Himalayan peak.

Since Mr Muhammad Hilwan only had headaches, he and his team first dismissed it as altitude sickness.

He had always been the most susceptible one in his team to that problem, which usually can be alleviated by recovering at a lower altitude.

When he told his team he felt better after resting for two days in a lower mountain camp, he went on to conquer the 8,200m peak.

But that may be the last mountain he ever climbs.

He returned to Singapore on Oct 2 and did not seek medical attention until two consecutive days of headaches finally made him visit a polyclinic.

Then came the shock. It had been a stroke, which could have killed him.

He said: "My doctor told me I was not supposed to be alive."

He was immediately taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he was warded for 10 days.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

Will Safuwan's call-up for national team hamper his A-League career?

AGREEMENT: Safuwan (front) is released by Melbourne City for Singapore's two friendlies this month.

He has got Singaporean football fans buzzing after some outstanding performances in the A-League.

In the first two months of a three-month loan deal, Safuwan Baharudin has done enough to convince Melbourne City coach John van't Schip to start him five times in the A-League, and keep him on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in four matches.

With the regular season ending at the end of next month, Singapore's star defender Safuwan is in a race against time to impress and win a permanent deal.

But some football observers here are wondering why national football coach Bernd Stange has included Safuwan in his 20-man squad for friendlies against Thailand on Thursday and Guam next Tuesday, depriving him of a chance to further stake his claim in City's first 11, writes David Lee.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24.

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