Late Minister Othman Wok To Be Given Highest State Honour For Funeral

The late Mr Othman Wok will be given a state-assisted funeral on Tuesday (April 17), with a memorial service for invited guests to be held on Wednesday evening.

At a quarter past noon on Tuesday, a private hearse carrying the casket will make its way from his residence in Kew Avenue to the Sultan Mosque at North Bridge Road for funeral prayers.

After the prayers, the State Flag will be draped over the casket in the presence of Mr Othman’s family.

A statement issued on Monday by the State-assisted Funeral Organising Committee said the draping of the flag is “the highest State honour that can be accorded to a deceased person”.

It added: “The State flag is placed over the casket with the crescent and stars lying over the head and close to the heart. The Order of Nila Utama (2nd Class) that was awarded to the late Mr Othman Wok will accompany the casket.” Mr Othman was conferred the honour in 1983 for his contributions to Singapore and nation-building efforts.

At 2pm, the gun carriage carrying the casket will travel to the burial site at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery — passing through North Bridge Road, North Boat Quay, River Valley Road as well as the heartlands of Alexandra Road, Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue West and Clementi Avenue 6.

On Tuesday, Mr Othman’s body will be moved to Sultan Mosque, which was closed to visitors on Monday. The mosque’s manager, Mr Zainal Abidin Omar, said regular prayers will start shortly after 1pm, followed by prayers for Mr Othman.

After that, Mr Othman will make his final journey to Pusara Aman at Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery. In a statement on Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Mr Othman will be accorded the honour of being borne on the Ceremonial Gun Carriage for the journey to the cemetery.

The Mufti of Singapore, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, will lead the last rites.



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