Remembering Lee Kuan Yew - Thank you - The nation with you in your final journey - See u in heaven

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew - Thank you - The nation with you in your final journey - See u in heaven
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Silent farewell, broken by sobs

Public paying last respects to Mr Lee Kuan start queueing at Padang early this morning.



The line at 8am, which snaked around the Padang as crowd control barriers were set up on the field by military personnel. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

The line at 8am, which snaked around the Padang as crowd control barriers were set up on the field by military personnel. 


The line at 8am, which snaked around the Padang as crowd control barriers were set up on the field by military personnel. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

The line at 8am, which snaked around the Padang as crowd control barriers were set up 

on the field by military personnel. 




The line at 8am, which snaked around the Padang as crowd control barriers were set up on the field by military personnel.



The line at 4am, which snaked around the Padang as crowd control barriers were set up on the field by military personnel. -- ST PHOTO: CHARISSA YONG


The line at 4am, which snaked around the Padang as crowd control barriers were set up on the field by military personnel. 




Signs at City Hall MRT station at 1am directing crowds to the new queueing area for Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: CHARISSA YONG



Signs at City Hall MRT station at 1am directing crowds to the new queueing area for Thursday. 





The crowd begins queueing on the Padang field just before 5.30am. -- ST PHOTO: CHARISSA YONG


The crowd begins queueing on the Padang field just before 5.30am 


The white tents near Parliament House where the security checkpoints and priority queue are located. -- ST PHOTO: CHARISSA YONG


The white tents near Parliament House where the security checkpoints and priority queue are located 




Minister for Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan Jin speaking to some members of the public who were paying their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House at 1.30am on March 26, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Minister for Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan Jin speaking to some members of the public who were paying their last respects to 

Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House at 1.30am on March 26, 2015.



Mourners paying their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House at 2am on March 26, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 

Mourners paying their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House at 2am on March 26, 2015. 


The queue of mourners waiting to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at 3am on March 26, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO 

The queue of mourners waiting to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at 3am on March 26, 2015. 


The queue of mourners waiting to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at around 4am on March 26, 2015. The queue stretched all the way to Hong Lim park. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

The queue of mourners waiting to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at around 4am on March 26, 2015. 

The queue stretched all the way to Hong Lim park. 


People streaming in to join the line at Hong Lim Park at 12.30am on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: CHARISSA YONGir-respects#1

People streaming in to join the line at Hong Lim Park at 12.30am on Thursday. 


The queue into Parliament House is still as long at 3am and it stretches all the way back to Hong Lim Park. -- ST PHOTO DESMOND FOO

The queue into Parliament House is still as long at 3am and it stretches all the way back to Hong Lim Park. 



The queue into Parliament House is still as long at 3am on March 26, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

The queue into Parliament House is still as long at 3am on March 26, 2015. 





SINGAPORE - People waiting to pay their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew started queueing at the Padang field just before 5.30am on Thursday morning, as organisers instituted a new queueing system on the second day of public mourning.

As at 6am, the waiting time is three hours, according to the state funeral organisers' website Remembering Lee Kuan Yew.

At City Hall MRT station members of the public followed signs and traffic marshals directing them to the Padang field.

The elderly, pregnant women, families with children under six years old and those with special needs could join a special lane at the white tents near Parliament House, where the security clearance points are located.

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Those joining the priority queue might need to produce some form of identification with their birthdate, or a doctor's note for pregnant women, said organisers of the state funeral on Facebook.


In the early hours of the morning, military personnel worked tirelessly to set up barriers for crowd control on the Padang field in preparation for the day ahead, while at the City Hall MRT station, staff put up fresh signs directing commuters to the grounds.

Lines snaked ceaselessly around the Padang field through the night as the crowds awaited their turn to enter Parliament House to see Singapore's founding prime minister, who died on Monday at the age of 91.

Before 6am, the queue beginning at Hong Lim Park closed. Members of the public were advised to head to the Padang instead, according to the organisers' Facebook page.

And as dawn approached, the crowd began swelling again, as early birds hoped to squeeze in a visit to Parliament House before heading to work or school.

The Straits Times / Top of The News                       Published on Thursday, 26 Mar 2015

By Charissa Yong  




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