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  • Singapore restricts access to Lee's public wake over safety fears
    Singapore restricts access to Lee's public wake over safety fears

    The Singapore government late Friday ordered mourners to stay off a congested field near parliament for safety reasons as tens of thousands paid their last respects to former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. Outnumbered police officers were turning away mourners at the City Hall metro station next to the Padang, an open field where the mourners were queueing to enter the legislature. "The Padang queue is closed for public safety. Please go back home," a police officer said using a loudhailer.

  • Singapore: Thousands queue for up to 10 hours to pay respects to former PM Lee Kuan Yew
    Singapore: Thousands queue for up to 10 hours to pay respects to former PM Lee Kuan Yew

    Mourners in Singapore, hoping for a glimpse of former leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin, are being urged to stay away as waiting times reach 10 hours. As of late morning on 27 March, some 230,000 people had viewed Lee's coffin at Parliament House, the government said. The queue – several kilometres long – starts at the Padang, an open field in downtown Singapore, crosses a park and snakes along the Singapore River to Parliament House. Lee was Singapore's prime minister for 31 years, ruling until 1990 and is regarded by Singaporeans as the architect of the country's economic success.

  • Highest honours from Singapore Armed Forces for Lee Kuan Yew’s final farewell
    Highest honours from Singapore Armed Forces for Lee Kuan Yew’s final farewell

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will bid Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew a final farewell with the highest honours, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.