Sharing memories of Mr Lee
Elderly S'poreans at community tribute centre in Tampines pay respects, reminisce
Parliament House queue closed temporarily
Cancer patient, 75, defies doc's orders to pay last respects to Mr Lee
Cancer patient determined to say goodbye to her 'hero'
Despite being told to stay away from crowds, cancer patient Susan Mak, 75, defied her doctor's orders and the searing heat to join the priority queue at the Padang to pay her last respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House on Friday.
Ms Mak has been going for regular chemotherapy sessions since January this year after being diagnosed with womb cancer three years ago.
The reason behind her steely resolve? She has regarded Mr Lee as her hero since her student days when he was the legal adviser for student unions. This was before he became Singapore's first prime minister in 1959.
Then in 1965, they met again and even posed for a photograph together when Ms Mak was chosen to present a pair of golden scissors to Mr Lee for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the opening of flats at Lorong Tai Seng.
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Update from City Hall MRT: Confused but calm
It was announced just after 11pm on Friday that the queue for the public to pay their last respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament House was suspended temporarily.
The State Funeral Organising Committee said this was done for safety reasons because of the large crowd and to minimise physical discomfort from the long wait, especially for the elderly and young children. It added that the public will be informed when the queue is open again.
It estimated that as of 11pm, the waiting time to enter Parliament House was more than 10 hours.
Announcements were made at City Hall MRT station that the Padang queue was closed and those intending to go there should go home.
When TNP arrived at the station at about 11.30pm, there were about 100 people in the station.
They started to move out of the station and gathered around Raffles City Shopping Centre.
Ms Faith Teo who was leaving Raffles City when the closure was announced, said that she saw the doors of the station being closed and barricades being set up near the entrance of Fairmont Singapore hotel.
"There was some confusion but that was because people could not hear what the police officers were saying. They were confused but calm."
Ms Teo added that there was no audible complaining and many just "shrugged off" the situation.
As of 12.45am there was a large number of people lined up outside St Andrews Cathedral.
Ms Teo said that some people she spoke to claimed that they did not know what exactly they were queueing for.
"Someone told me that they are just joining it and hoping for the best."
The line outside St Andrew's Cathedral on Saturday morning. Photo courtesy of Faith Teo
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.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew's lying in state by the numbers
Mr Lee Kuan Yew's body is lying in state at Parliament House.
Members of the public can pay their respects to him there until 8pm on Saturday (March 28).
On Sunday, there will be a state procession. His body will be moved to the University Cultural Centre (UCC) at the National University of Singapore for the state funeral.
Find out how many people have been involved so far.
Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir says he is saddened over Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad finally broke his silence on Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death.
He said he was "saddened" by the passing of Singapore's founding father.
Mr Mahathir,89, who didn't have the best of relationships with Mr Lee, said: "I cannot say I was a close friend of Kuan Yew. But still I feel sad at his demise.
"No matter how friendly or unfriendly we are, the passing away of a man you know well saddens you."
"(The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) lost a strong leadership after President Suharto and Lee Kuan Yew," he added, referring to the former Indonesian leader who died in 2008.
“Now Kuan Yew is no more. His passage marks the end of the period when those who fought for independence led their countries and knew the value of independence,” Mr Mahathir wrote in his blog.
Malaysia-Singapore ties were testy after Mr Lee led his nation to independence in 1965 following a brief and stormy union with Malaysia.
The relationship between Mr Mahathir and Mr Lee mirrored this tension, with each of them occasionally criticising each other's nation.
In his posting, Mr Mahathir, who led Malaysia from 1981 to 2003 and still exerts political influence, recounts first meeting Mr Lee in 1964 when Singapore was still part of Malaysia.
He said they disagreed on “most” issues, but that each of them reached out when the other suffered health problems.
Mr Mahathir said: "When I had a heart attack in 1989 and required open heart surgery, he cared enough to ring up my wife to ask her to delay the operation as he had arranged for the best heart surgeon, a Singaporean living in Australia, to do the operation.
"But by then I had been given pre-med and was asleep prior to the operation the next day.
"My wife thanked him but apologised. She promised to ring him up after the operation. She did the next evening."
Mr Mahathir also added that he requested to meet him.
He said: "He agreed but the night before the visit, the Singapore High Commissioner received a message that he was very sick and could not see me."
What you can do this Sunday to honour the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Wondering what you can do this Sunday (March 29) to show your respect for Mr Lee Kuan Yew?
There have been many suggestions from members of the public.
Here are some of the ground-up initiatives you can consider.
There has been a call to sing Majulah Singapura – the song "specially created for an independent Singapore" – as the gun carriage leaves the Parliament house.
The organisers said on Facebook: "Let us all stand together as one nation, as one people and one Singapore to sing the National Anthem for his final journey."
Should you wear black? Or white? Or pink?
There have been calls by the public to mourn Mr Lee's passing in a specific colour.
Some have suggested black.
Others are pushing for white, the colour of the People's Action Party (PAP), the political party Mr Lee helped to found.
A small group of people are rooting for pink, Mr Lee's supposed favourite colour.
But Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin doesn't think the colour matters.
He said in a Facebook post: "White? Black? What's in a colour? Just wear your heart on your sleeve."
A group of about 50 young grassroots leaders from East Coast GRC are calling on people to display the Singapore flags outside their homes on Sunday.
"In his final journey, we want to tell Mr Lee, 'Rest in peace, we assure you that as Singaporeans we will build on your legacy in unity, in confidence, SG100 will be a Singapore better than today,'" said East Coast GRC MP Lim Swee Say.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, however, has suggested that people carry them along the funeral procession route instead.
Since Mr Lee's passing, many have been seen with a image of a black ribbon with the elder statesman's face.
Many have used it as their Facebook profile picture, and the image has also been printed on badges, pins and car decals.
One Singaporean even had it tattooed on his arm.
The image, which was created by Mr Alex Yam and a team of people, is perhaps the most widely used image in this period of mourning.
Mr Lee's family also wore black ribbons while paying their respects.
On Thursday (March 26) at a special Parliament session, a bouquet of white flowers was placed on Mr Lee's vacant seat.
MPs packed the House mostly dressed in black and white, some wearing a white flower.
Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Health Amy Khor has called for members of the public to wear a white flower as "a symbol of the shared loss that we feel".
More reports at tnp.sg/leekuanyew
Watch: Serena Williams does her own version of Beyonce's 7/11 video, nails it
What does the world's number one in women's singles tennis do in her spare time? Make a Beyonce-inspired video.
Serena Williams did her version of the singer's 7/11 music video, and nailed it.
Selfie while spinning? Check.
Corridor dance? You got it.
Legs in the air like you don't care? Easy peasy.
Nike shout-out? Not a problem.
Random drive-by pose? Definitely.
Williams' video including tennis balls, of course. Lots of it.
The video was filmed in collaboration with Vogue at a country club in Florida, reported Huffington Post.
Here's the original video.
Source: Huffington Post