Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew: Lying in state will now be round the clock

SINGAPORE - The public will be able to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew round the clock daily till 8pm on Saturday, as a massive queue formed around Parliament House and the civic district.

"Due to overwhelming response from members of the public, the lying in state at Parliament House will be open 24 hours daily from today until 28 Mar 2015, 8pm," said the Remembering Lee Kuan Yew website. 

MRT train services will also run for 24 hours on Wednesday, so the public can travel to pay their respects to Mr Lee.

Mr Lee's body is lying in state at Parliament House.

Updates on the queue situation will be provided on an hourly basis. As at 9pm, members of public should expect to queue for about 5 hours, according to the Remembering Lee Kuan Yew website. 

Officials on the ground will be distributing water to those waiting in line.

The queue snaked past Fullerton Hotel and UOB Plaza, reaching Boat Quay at around noon.

In view of the large crowd, a long waiting time can be expected, Police said in a statement.

"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.

Staff from the Fullerton Hotel were also seen providing iced water for those in the queue near the side of the establishment.

Thousands had previously lined the streets along the route leading from the Istana to Parliament House, hoping to catch a glimpse of the gun carriage procession.

The morning's events started at 9am, when the casket, which was draped with the state flag, was carried by the coffin bearer party onto the gun carriage at the Istana.

The gun carriage proceeded through parts of Orchard Road, Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road to Parliament House.

Mr Lee's body will lie in state till Saturday. On Sunday, it will make its final journey around key parts of the city before it goes to Mandai Crematorium.