Parliament pays tribute to S R Nathan

Speaker of the House Halimah Yacob talking to Madam Urmila Nandey, former president S R Nathan's widow, at Parliament House yesterday. Behind them are (from left) Mr Nathan's former special assistants Henry Goh and Desmond Yong, son-in-law Cheong Gay
Speaker of the House Halimah Yacob talking to Madam Urmila Nandey, former president S R Nathan's widow, at Parliament House yesterday. Behind them are (from left) Mr Nathan's former special assistants Henry Goh and Desmond Yong, son-in-law Cheong Gay Eng, grandson Kiron, and (partially hidden) son Osith and daughter Juthika.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION

Speaker of the House Halimah Yacob talking to Madam Urmila Nandey, former president S R Nathan's widow, at Parliament House yesterday. Behind them are (from left) Mr Nathan's former special assistants Henry Goh and Desmond Yong, son-in-law Cheong Gay Eng, grandson Kiron, and (partially hidden) son Osith and daughter Juthika.

The House observed a minute's silence for Mr Nathan, after an hour-long tribute to Singapore's sixth and longest-serving president who died on Aug 22, aged 92. In her speech, Madam Halimah described Mr Nathan as a man "equally at home with ordinary citizens and those who held high positions, and (who) always had kind words for everyone".

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