Press Releases

Press Release 1


The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are sad to learn of the passing of Mr S R Nathan and would like to convey their condolences to his family. The late Mr Nathan passed away peacefully at Singapore General Hospital on Monday at 9.48 pm.  He was 92.

Arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral will be announced later.

22 AUGUST 2016

Press Release 3


The body of the late Mr S R Nathan will lie in state at Parliament House on Thursday, 25 August 2016, from 10.00am to 8.00pm for members of public to pay their last respects.

Roads and lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic during the stipulated timings.

Due to the road closures, eight public bus services plying the area around Parliament House will be temporarily diverted on Thursday, August 25.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) would like to advise and seek commuters’ understanding to expect delays in bus journeys along the affected routes due to the road closures.

Commuters can also refer to, and for more information.

The Police will be conducting road blocks and security checks in and around the vicinity of Parliament House during this period. Members of the public are advised to comply fully with instructions of the Police at these check points. Police officers and Auxiliary Police Officers will be stationed at all affected road junctions to direct traffic. Traffic delays may be expected and motorists are advised to plan their route early. Members of the public going to the Parliament House are advised to take public transport.

During the road closures, access will only be granted to Police and emergency vehicles. The car park at Parliament House will be closed during this period. Only vehicles with authorised labels are allowed to enter the car park. Parking restrictions along the peripheral roads will be strictly enforced. Vehicles parked illegally or causing obstruction will be towed.

On behalf of State Funeral Organising Committee (SFOC), we would like to also advise members of the public who wish to pay their respects to the late Mr S R Nathan at the Parliament House to proceed on foot to join the queue at the Padang via Saint Andrew’s Road. For enquiries on the road closures, members of the public may call the public hotline at DID: 6336 1166.



23 AUGUST 2016 @ 9.00PM

Map of the affected roads

Map of the affected bus services

Press Release 4

Factsheet for Lying in State

At 8.45am, a private hearse carrying the casket will make its way from Mr S R Nathan’s residence at Ceylon Road to Parliament House.

The hearse will be received by Speaker of Parliament, Mdm Halimah Yacob. The Coffin Bearer Party will transfer the casket onto the bier for the Lying In State at the Parliament House. The Coffin Bearer Party comprises nine officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Force.

At Parliament House, the State Flag will be draped over the casket in the presence of Mr Nathan’s family. The draping of the State Flag is the highest State honour accorded to a leader. The State flag is placed over the casket with the crescent and stars lying over the head and close to the heart.

Medals representing Mr Nathan’s achievements would also be displayed. The medals on display include the The Order of Temasek [Darjah Utama Temasek] (First Class; 2013), Meritorious Service Medal [Pingat Jasa Gemilang] (1974), Public Administration Medal [Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Perak)] (Silver; 1967), and Public Service Star [Pingat Bakti Masyarakat] (1964).

Vigil Guards will be mounted as a special mark of respect. The traditional mounting of Vigil Guards during the Lying In State 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 at the head of the casket. The Vigil Guard will be performed by officers from Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Force.

President Tony Tan and Mrs Tan will then pay their respects to the late Mr Nathan.

Members of the public can pay their last respects to the late Mr S R Nathan at Parliament House from 10 am to 10 pm tomorrow (25 Aug). They should enter the Padang via St Andrew’s Road from City Hall MRT Station. 

24 August 2016

Lying In State Layout

Entrance to Parliament House