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Closure of Queues At Lying In State & Updates on State Funeral Procession and One Minute of Silence

From 8.00pm on Saturday, 28 March 2015, newcomers would no longer be admitted to the queue to enter the lying in state at Parliament House. Those who are currently within the queue would still be able to do so.

Since the opening of the lying in state at 10.00am on Wednesday, 25 March 2015, about 415,000 (as of 6.00pm) members of the public have paid their last respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Additionally, more than 850,000 people (as of 6.00pm) have visited People’s Association’s (PA’s) 18 community sites located across Singapore.

“Live” coverage of the State Funeral Procession from Parliament House to University Cultural Centre (UCC), and State Funeral Service at UCC on Sunday, 29 March 2015 will be available on national television and radio, as well as online at and

Members of the public are encouraged to line the State Funeral Procession route from Parliament House to UCC. Public service officers from agencies located along the route will be lining the streets to pay their final respects to the late Mr Lee. This includes Singapore Police Force bagpipers who will play Auld Lang Syne as the Gun Carriage passes by Cantonment Complex.

As part of the State Funeral for the late Mr Lee, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will sound the “All-Clear” signal twice, through its network of Public Warning System (PWS) sirens, as a rallying call for everyone to observe a minute of silence together. This is a first by the SCDF and signifies the nation’s deepest respect
for our founding Prime Minister. Upon the first sounding of the signal, members of the public are encouraged to begin observing the one minute of silence. The second sounding will signify the end of the minute of silence.

Across the island, Singaporeans can jointly observe the minute of silence at PA’s 18 Community Sites and 105 Community Centres. Singapore Armed Forces servicemen and Home Team officers will also be observing the minute of silence. At the two land checkpoints, all persons and vehicle checks will be stopped to observe the minute of silence. The Funeral Service will also be broadcast at Changi Airport, libraries and hospitals for staff and visitors to participate in the one minute of silence.

In addition, prior to the minute of silence, all MRT trains will pull to a stop at stations and open their doors. Similarly, buses scheduled to depart from bus interchanges or terminals will be held back during the one minute of silence. Passenger Information Displays in the MRT network and bus interchanges will show “One minute of silence for Mr Lee Kuan Yew”. Announcements will also be made at stations and onboard trains.


Condolence Boards Outside The Istana And Parliament House

Condolence boards are available in front of the Istana by the Main Gate from 23 March (Monday) to 29 March (Sunday), for those who wish to pen their tributes to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Similar condolence boards will also be set up in front of Parliament House from 12pm today till Sunday. Those who wish may lay flowers at these two locations too.

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

The public can express their condolences and share their memories of the late Mr Lee at the official website,

The public can call the 24-hour hotline at 6336 1166 with queries, or visit and for more details.

Factsheet for Lying in State

The traditional mounting of the vigil guards during the lying in state period symbolises the highest form of respect accorded to the deceased. It comprises four uniformed officers each standing at a corner of the casket with his head bowed, back turned away and ceremonial sword inverted. The vigil guards will be led by a senior officer, who will stand at the head of the casket facing inwards.

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng; Chief of Army (COA), Major-General Perry Lim; Chief of Navy (CNV), Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han; Chief of Air Force (CAF), Major-General Hoo Cher Mou; and Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Brigadier-General Chia Choon Hoong will perform the first vigil guard duties in the morning of 25 Mar from 9.45 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. That same afternoon, the Commissioner of Police will lead senior officers from the Singapore Police Force in performing vigil guard duties. On subsequent days, COA, CNV and CAF will lead their respective Services in performing the vigil guard duties.

Friends and former colleagues of the late Mr Lee will also hold vigil in his memory during the lying in state at Parliament House. They will be joined by representatives from various branches of government, trade unions, grassroots organisations and other groups, a reflection of his extensive and diverse contributions to nation-building.

Each vigil group, comprising about 20 persons, will hold vigil for 30 minutes. There will be a break of either 30 minutes or an hour between the vigil groups. The schedule of vigil groups for 25 Mar is below.

1830 – 1900
National Trades Union Congress
Diana Chia
Lim Swee Say
Lim Kuang Beng
Nora Kang
K Karthikeyan
Edwin Lye
Chan Chun Sing
Heng Chee How
Joanne Cham Hui Fong
Tan Hock Soon
Lim Boon Heng
John De Payva
Mahmud Awang
Oscar Oliveiro
Tan Soon Yam
Edwin Netto
Varukatty Mohd
Teo Yock Ngee
Cyrille Tan
Thomas Tay
1930 – 2000
People’s Action Party
Tan Lee Jee
Victor Lye
Tay Bok Hock, Louis
Ong Say Kiat, Jason
Ng Ai Lee, Janica
Chua Eng Leong
Lee Chay Eng, Victor
Mun Kok Hong, Steven
Tan Siang Hui
Foo Doon Chin, Michael
Chua Chong Meng, Vincent
Lim Moh Tin, Rosemary
Shaw Kar Seng, Bob
Tong Chwee Chong, Jeffrey
Tan Poh Hua
Yeong Wai Teck
Goh Peng Tong
Chia Chong Peow
Tan Yan Boon, Alex
Teh Seng Lee, Bobby

Time Vigil Group Names
1130 – 1200 Close friends and personal staff Ong Beng Seng
Fu Christine
Stephen Lee Ching Yen
Irene Lee Oi Ling
Liew Mun Leong
Peter Seah Lim Huat
Mylene Tan Siew Toh
Cheng Wai Keong
Helen Cheng
Lim Teck Kiat
Yeong Yoon Ying
Wong Lin Hoe
Florence Tan (Ler Chay Keng)
Linda Chia May San
Tan Lai Kheng
Jerry Tan
Lee Seow Hiang
Raymond Pay Hock Seng
Alan Chang Tat Seng
Tan Chee Keong
1400 – 1430 Former Principal Private Secretaries and personal staff Andrew Tan Kok Kiong
Chee Hong Tat
Leo Yip
Koh Kiang Chay
Loh Hock Teck
Moses Lee Kim Poo
Ho Meng Kit
Alan Chan Heng Loon
Robert Lim
Cheong Cheng Hoon
Anthony Tan Kang Uei
Lilian Ho Li Min
Keith Lee Kee Kae
Loo Liang Chye
Soon Hong Yee
Yeo Heng Giap
Chester Lim Zhi Quan
Lee Koon San
Tan Kang Pin
Bek Hua Earng
1530 – 1600 Old Guard Chng Jit Koon
Ho Kah Leong
Hwang Soo Jin
Jek Yeun Thong
Lau Ping Sum
Lee Khoon Choy
Lim Soo Peng
Mahmud Awang
Ng Kah Ting
Ong Pang Boon
P Selvadurai
Phua Bah Lee
S Vasoo
Tan HH Augustine
Tang See Chim
Teong Eng Siong
Yeo Toon Chia
1700 – 1730 Tanjong Pagar grassroots Ho Nai Chuen, PBM
Ang Ngoh Goh Ho Freddy, PBM
Lim Cheng Kheng, PBM
Chow Yuet Foon Rita, PBM
Ganesan S/O Kulandai, PBM
Tan Eng Loke, PBM
Kho Li Lian
Wong Tai Ping, PBM
Choo Wye Foo, PBM
Gopala Krishnan, PBM
Ho Yuet Meng Irene, PBM
Hui Beng Hong, PBM
Kan Yuet Yun Michael, PBM
Kee Siew Lan Katherine, PBM
Tan Teck Boh, Philip, PBM
Tham Lai Kuan, PBM
Rizayati Begal Malawad
Lim Chien Yuen
Ng Kim Chuan
Chua Gim Song, BBM