New queue to pay respects to Mr Lee begins at Padang on Thursday

New queue to pay respects to Mr Lee begins at Padang on Thursday
Members of the public paying their respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House on 25 March 2015.

UPDATE: The current waiting time as at 5pm on Mar 26 is 8 hours.

The queues of people waiting to pay their last respects to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew did not let up as Singaporeans were still arriving after midnight.

As at 12am, the cumulative number of visitors to the lying-in-state was 59,420. The number of condolence cards issued at Parliament House was 41,000 as at 5am.

The late night crowd was mainly made up of younger people, but there were elderly and young babies in their parents' arms. The predominantly working crowd told local media they were there after work to pay their respects to Mr Lee.

The large crowds and long queues have prompted organisers to extend the lying in state hours to 24 hours. The public will be able to pay their respects to Mr Lee from now until Saturday, 8pm.

There were early-risers on Thursday morning too, with some reaching as early as 5.30am to join the queue, before they reported to work at 8.30am.

From 7am on Thursday, Mar 26, those who want to pay their respects will have to join a new line to enter Parliament house begins at the Padang.

The public are also advised to take public transport there.

MRT and LRT services will be operating after normal hours tonight at frequencies of up to 20 minutes for the public who wish to pay their last respects to Mr Lee.

41 feeder bus services serving the residential towns will also operate non-stop tonight. Six Night Bus Services, that normally operate on Fridays and Saturdays and eves of Public Holidays, will also operate tonight from 11.30pm. These bus services will operate at intervals of 20 to 30 minutes.

Ground personnel have continued distributing water to those waiting in line.


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