Queue Starts From Padang Today Onwards

From 7am on Thursday (Mar 26), those wishing to pay final respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House should start lining up from the Padang.

A statement from the State Funeral Organising Committee said the public is advised to take public transport. “There will be a special lane at the Padang for the elderly, pregnant women, school children, families with children under 6-years-old and those with special needs,” the committee said.

“In view of the large crowd, a long waiting time can be expected. We seek the understanding of members of public to remain orderly and be patient, and to follow the directions of the marshals on the ground. Ground personnel will be distributing water to those waiting in line,” it added.

On Wednesday, tens of thousands queued up for hours in the hot sun, in lines snaking across Boat Quay to Hong Lim Park. What started out as three lines merged into one, and due to the overwhelming number of people, visitors were told not to bow in front of the coffin of Mr Lee, but to move along.

The waiting time for visitors at times went up to eight hours on Wednesday. As of midnight, it was down to 2.5 to 3 hours, after the committee announced Parliament House would remain open 24 hours, daily till 8pm on Saturday.

As of 10pm on Wednesday, 37,022 visitors have paid respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House; 36,200 condolence cards issued, the Government said.


Source: www.channelnewsasia.com

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