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Top honour to be accorded at State-assisted funeral for Othman Wok

Top honour to be accorded at State-assisted funeral for Othman Wok
Officers lowering the national flag to half mast position at Parliament House in honour of Othman Wok who died on Monday (April 17). Photo: Nuria Ling/TODAY

Top honour to be accorded at State-assisted funeral for Othman Wok

SINGAPORE — The late Mr Othman Wok will be given a state-assisted funeral on Tuesday (April 17), with a memorial service for invited guests to be held on Wednesday evening. 

At a quarter past noon on Tuesday, a private hearse carrying the casket will make its way from his residence in Kew Avenue to the Sultan Mosque at North Bridge Road for funeral prayers. 

After the prayers, the State Flag will be draped over the casket in the presence of Mr Othman’s family.

A statement issued on Monday by the State-assisted Funeral Organising Committee said the draping of the flag is “the highest State honour that can be accorded to a deceased person”.

It added: “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 the late Mr Othman Wok will accompany the casket.” Mr Othman was conferred the honour in 1983 for his contributions to Singapore and nation-building efforts. 

At 2pm, the gun carriage carrying the casket will travel to the burial site at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery — passing through North Bridge Road, North Boat Quay, River Valley Road as well as the heartlands of Alexandra Road, Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue West and Clementi Avenue 6. 

 

To facilitate the prayer service, Kandahar Street, Muscat Street and Sultan Gate (between Baghdad Street and Malay Heritage Centre) will be closed from 7am to 3pm on Tuesday. 

The Land Transport Authority and police said traffic is expected to be heavy along the procession route from 2pm to 3pm. Police officers will be stationed at all affected road junctions to direct traffic, and members of the public are advised to plan their travel routes in advance. 

The authorities also advise the public against flying any unmanned aircraft, including drones, into or within the vicinity of Sultan Mosque and along the procession route.

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. The memorial service, which is organised by OnePeople.sg, will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday at the Victoria Concert Hall.