Othman Wok to get 'highest state honour' at funeral

Othman Wok to get 'highest state honour' at funeral

The former Cabinet minister will have the state flag draped over his casket, and a gun carriage will take his casket from Sultan Mosque to the burial site at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery.

SINGAPORE: The late Mr Othman Wok will be given the highest state honour that can be accorded to a dead person - the draping of the state flag over his casket, said the committee organising Mr Othman's funeral on Monday (Apr 17).

Mr Othman died on Monday afternoon at the age of 92.

The former Cabinet minister, who was among Singapore's first generation of leaders, will be given a state-assisted funeral.

At 12.15pm on Tuesday, a private hearse carrying the casket will make its way from Mr Othman's home to Sultan Mosque at North Bridge Road for the funeral prayer.

Following the prayer, the state flag will be draped over Mr Othman's casket in the presence of his family. "The draping of the state flag is the highest state honour that can be accorded to a deceased," said the state-assisted funeral organising committee. "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 will accompany the casket, the committee added.

At 2pm, the gun carriage carrying the casket will make its way to the burial site at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery.

The gun carriage will travel via North Bridge Road, North Boat Quay and River Valley Road, through the heartlands of Alexandra Road, Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue West and Clementi Avenue 6, before entering Pan-Island Expressway and Jalan Bahar.

The casket will be received at the burial site by the coffin-bearer party, which will comprise nine officers from the army, navy, air force and police force.

In a joint news release, the police and Land Transport Authority said that Kandahar Street, Muscat Street and Sultan Gate (between Baghdad Street and the Malay Heritage Centre) will be closed between 7am and 3pm to facilitate the prayer service for Mr Othman. It added that traffic arrangements have been made to facilitate the funeral procession to Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery and that traffic along the route is expected to be heavy between 2pm and 3pm.

Othman Wok funeral procession map

A memorial service for Mr Othman, organised by OnePeople.sg for invited guests, will be held on Wednesday at 6.30pm at Victoria Concert Hall.

Source: CNA/dt

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