SINGAPORE: The late former President S R Nathan will receive a State Funeral on Friday (Aug 26), announced the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) after he passed away on Monday.
In a statement, the PMO said: "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, Aug 23, to Friday, Aug 26, 2016."
The body of the late Mr Nathan will lie in state at Parliament House from 10am on Thursday, Aug 25 to 12.00pm on Friday, Aug 26.
In its statement, the PMO said the public can pay their last respects at Parliament House from 10.00am to 8.00pm on Thursday, Aug 25. On Friday, Aug 26, members of the diplomatic corps and other officials can pay their last respects from 9.00am till 12.00pm.
A State Funeral Service will take place from 4.00 pm on Friday, Aug 26, 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 want 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 PMO added that the public can express their condolences and share their memories of Mr Nathan at the official website, http://www.remembering.sg/srnathan and/or the Remembering S R Nathan Facebook page. The public can call the hotline at 6336-1166 with queries, or visit http://www.remembering.sg/srnathan or the Remembering S R Nathan Facebook page for more details, the PMO said.