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 2


The Government has accepted the wishes of the late Mr S R Nathan and his family in making the following funeral arrangements. The Government will provide all the necessary assistance.

As a mark of respect to Mr Nathan, the State flag on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast from Tuesday, 23 August to Friday, 26 August 2016.

The body of the late Mr Nathan will lie in state at Parliament House from 10.00am on Thursday, 25 August to 12.00pm on Friday, 26 August. The public may pay their last respects at Parliament House from 10.00am to 8.00pm on Thursday, 25 August. On Friday, 26 August, members of the diplomatic corps and other officials may pay their last respects from 9.00am till 12.00pm.

A State Funeral Service will take place from 3.00 pm* on Friday, 26 August at the University Cultural Centre (NUS). It will be attended by Mr Nathan's family, friends and former colleagues, the President, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, civil servants as well as Singaporeans from all walks of life.

The State Funeral Service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.

Condolence boards will be available at Istana for those who wish to pen tributes to the late Mr Nathan from tomorrow morning at 6.00 am. 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 Mr Nathan at the official website - and Remembering S R Nathan Facebook page at

The public can call the hotline at 6336-1166 with queries, visit and Remembering S R Nathan Facebook page at for more details.

22 AUGUST 2016

* The time of the State Funeral Service has been updated as of 23 August 2016

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