Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Singaporeans pen condolence messages at Istana for Mr Lee Kuan Yew, as night falls

SINGAPORE - As night falls, Singaporeans from all walks of life continue to stream to the Istana to pen last messages to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew on condolence boards set up in front of the main gate.

Many also left flowers at the gate.

As the sun began to set on the Istana gardens at about 6.30pm on Monday, the lines to pay tribute to the late Mr Lee started to swell again.

Unlike the noon crowd of office workers, or the mid-afternoon crowd of young people and the middle-aged, the evening crowd was a cross-section of ordinary Singapore, cutting across ages and backgrounds.

As of 5.30pm on Monday, 11,000 cards were issued to people waiting outside the Istana, and another 1,350 cards were handed out outside the Parliament House.

Members of the public can leave messages on the boards from Monday to Sunday.

Some also visited the tribute area at the Singapore General Hospital, where Mr Lee was warded.

A gun carriage will carry his coffin from Istana to Parliament House on Wednesday.

From Wednesday to Saturday, the body of the late Mr Lee will lie in state at Parliament House, where the public can pay their respects between 10am and 8pm daily.

A state funeral service for Mr Lee will be held at 2pm on Sunday, March 29, at the National University of Singapore's University Cultural Centre.