SINGAPORE- Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) said on Friday on its Facebook page that the casino there will be closed from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday.
The Marina Bay Sands casino will also be closed during the same period, "subject to regulatory approval," a spokesman said.
A post on the RWS Facebook page said this will be done as a mark of respect for Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee's funeral service will be held on Sunday, with many foreign leaders expected to attend. The procession, which will cover a distance of 15.4km, will commence at 12.30pm.
Before RWS announced the move, satire site New Nation wrote an article that said Singaporeans feel that the RWS and Marina Bay Sands casinos should be shut down on Sunday, to show respect to Mr Lee. When asked, RWS said its decision was not influenced by the article. A spokesman said: " The decision was made before we were aware of the New Nation article or petition."
Singapore Pools announced on Thursday that all its branches, authorised retail outlets and Livewire venues will be closed on Sunday as a mark of respect for Mr Lee. Account services will also be unavailable, but a 4D draw will still be conducted at 6.30pm on Sunday, the operator said in a statement on Thursday. Normal operations will resume on March 30.