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Singapore PM Declares One Week National Mourning

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SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has declared a period of national mourning from today (March 23) till March 29 (Sunday).

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said as a mark of respect to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, state flags on all Government buildings would be flown at half-mast throughout the mourning period.

A private family wake would be held from March 23 (Monday) to March 24 (Tuesday) at Sri Temasek, said the statement.

Kuan Yew’s body will lie in state at Parliament House from Wednesday (March 25) to Saturday (March 28), for the public to pay their respects.

Those who wish to pay their last respects at Parliament House can do so from 10 am to 8 pm from Wednesday to Saturday.

A State Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm on March 29 (Sunday) at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.

The service will be attended by the late Kuan Yew’s family, friends and staff, the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Old Guards, senior civil servants, grassroots leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life.

The state funeral service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.

Condolence books and cards will be available in front of Istana by the Main Gate from Monday to Sunday, for those who wish to pen their tributes to Kuan Yew.

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

The public can also express their condolences and share their memories of the late Mr Lee at the official website, http://www.rememberingleekuanyew.sg.

The PMO announced that Kuan Yew, 91, passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 am.

He was warded since Feb 5 in the intensive care unit of the hospital for severe pneumonia.

Born on Sept 16, 1923 in Singapore, Kuan Yew who was well-known as the founding father of Modern Singapore, helmed the government for over three decades, making him one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world. – Bernama

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