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Family, friends bid final farewell to Othman Wok

Family, friends bid final farewell to Othman Wok
Loved ones of the late Othman Wok attend the formal burial service for him, at Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery. Photo: Jason Quah/TODAY
Published: 10:10 PM, April 18, 2017
Updated: 11:56 PM, April 18, 2017

SINGAPORE — As dark clouds loomed overhead, the gun carriage bearing Mr Othman Wok’s casket reached Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery Tuesday afternoon (April 18) as part of a State-assisted funeral for the pioneer leader.

The casket was received at about 3.15pm by a coffin-bearer party comprising nine officers from the army, navy, airforce and police.

About 350 family members and friends turned up at the cemetery for the burial service and to bid a final farewell to Mr Othman, a former Cabinet minister and one of the country’s first generation of leaders after Singapore gained independence in 1965.

The mood was solemn as strains of the Last Post was played. The guests also observed a minute of silence.

The coffin was then lowered slowly into the ground, and family members, with heads bowed, closed in around the grave. Some were seen dabbing their eyes.

As Singapore’s Mufti Mohamed Fatris Bakaram recited prayers, many clasped their hands together tightly.

Various family members, including Mr Othman’s wife, Madam Lina

Abdullah, his daughters and son-in-law, sprinkled flower petals and water into the grave.

Present at the burial service, which ended at 4pm, were Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills).