There will be a state-assisted funeral for the late former minister Othman Wok tomorrow afternoon (April 18).
A schedule of the procession is as follows:
- At 12.15pm, a private hearse carrying the casket will make its way from Mr Othman's residence at 46 Kew Avenue to the Sultan Mosque at North Bridge Road for the funeral prayer from 1pm to 2pm. To facilitate this prayer service, nearby roads Kandahar Street, Muscat Street and Sultan Gate (between Baghdad Street and Malay Heritage Centre) will be closed from 7am to 3pm.
Members of the public are advised against flying any unmanned aircraft, including drones, into or within the vicinity of Sultan Mosque and along the procession route.
- After the prayer service, the State Flag will be draped over the casket in the presence of Mr Othman's family. The draping of the State Flag is the highest State honour that can be accorded to a deceased. The State flag is placed over the casket with the crescent and stars lying over the head and close to the heart. The Order of Nila Utama (2nd Class) that was awarded to Mr Othman will accompany the casket.
- At 2pm, the gun carriage carrying the casket will make its way to the burial site at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery.
- The gun carriage will travel via North Bridge Road, North Boat Quay and River Valley Road, through the heartlands of Alexandra Road, Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue West and Clementi Avenue 6, before entering the PIE and Jalan Bahar.
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- The casket will be received at the burial site by the Coffin Bearer Party, which will comprise nine officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Force.
Heavy traffic is expected from 2pm to 3pm tomorrow along these roads: North Bridge Road, North Boat Quay, River Valley Road, Alexandra Road, Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue West, Clementi Avenue 6, the PIE and Jalan Bahar.
A memorial service for Mr Othman, organised by OnePeople.sg for invited guests, will be held on Wednesday (April 19) at the Victoria Concert Hall at 6.30pm.
The state flag on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast till the completion of the memorial service.