State flag draped over Mr Lee Kuan Yew's casket added to display at National Museum

SINGAPORE - The state flag placed over founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's casket is now on display at the National Museum of Singapore.

The flag has been added to other items from Mr Lee's life at an exhibition, "In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew", which has also been extended until June 28.

These items include the red box in which he kept his working documents, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch presented to him by the Singapore Union of Postal and Telecommunications Worker, and a cryptic telegram sent to his family in 1958 about a "battleship".

More than 80,000 people have visited the exhibition since it opened on March 25. Earlier this month on Good Friday alone, about 5,500 passed through the museum's doors, and visitors waited in line for over three hours.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that there is still a steady stream of visitors:

"I was there over the weekend and saw many visitors. So I've discussed with our museum people and they will further extend the exhibition until 28 June. I hope this will allow more Singaporeans and their children to visit during the school holidays."

A virtual rendition of the exhibition will be available from the National Museum's website - www.nationalmuseum.sg - from May 20, the National Heritage Board and the museum said in a joint statement.

The virtual exhibition offers a "walkthrough" of the exhibition and will allow people who are not able to visit the exhibition, the chance to view it online.

The virtual exhibition will also provide a view of the interior and exterior of the red box from multiple angles.

Separately, it was announced on Tuesday that the Battle For Merger exhibition, which showcases 12 radio talks Mr Lee gave in 1961 to convince Singaporeans of the need for merger with Malaya, will return to the National Library Building from April 28 to May 12.

The exhibition was previously held in the same venue in October and November, before it moved to several other public libraries.

ziliang@sph.com.sg

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