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Final farewell to a founding father: Othman Wok

  • Author:AsiaOne
  • Source:AsiaOne
  • Release on :2017-04-19
  

A state-assisted funeral for the late former minister Othman Wok on April 18.


  Mr Muhammad Haziq was born more than 10 years after Mr Othman Wok stepped down from political office, and he had never met the late pioneer minister. But the 20-year-old, who is waiting to enlist for national service, braved the rain yesterday to get a glimpse of Mr Othman's cortege as it travelled along River Valley Road. 

  "I felt a personal and moral duty to pay my respects to someone who had done so much for me," said Mr Haziq, a history buff who read about Mr Othman from newspaper clippings.
  
  He stood on an overhead bridge in River Valley Road that was part of the funeral procession route from Sultan Mosque to the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery.
  
   As Mr Haziq waited for the cortege, people at the cemetery were making sure Mr Othman's final send-off would go as smoothly as possible.
  
   Under a makeshift white tent that shielded the burial plot from the rain, several workers used masking tape to remove dirt and debris from a black platform.
   
   Former senior parliamentary secretary Yatiman Yusof was among those who had gathered at the cemetery and Sultan Mosque to bid a final farewell to Mr Othman, who died on Monday at the age of 92. Prayers were first recited at the mosque just after 1pm yesterday for Mr Othman, who was Minister for Social Affairs in independent Singapore's first Cabinet and a champion of multi-racialism. Pallbearers later placed his coffin on a ceremonial gun carriage and it was taken to the cemetery. After the cortege arrived, eight pallbearers from the army, navy, air force and police moved the coffin on a platform.  May he rest in peace.



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