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Events cancelled as a mark of respect for the passing of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister

As the nation mourns Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death, official proceedings have been cancelled or rescheduled as a mark of respect for the late former Prime Minister.

As the nation mourns Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death, official proceedings have been cancelled or rescheduled as a mark of respect for the late former Prime Minister.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) yesterday said an introductory visit by Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to Singapore has been postponed.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had invited General Prayut here as part of the Singapore-Thailand Leaders’ Retreat from March 24 to 25.

The MFA said both countries have agreed to the postponement and “will work on resuming the visit and the retreat at a mutually convenient time”.

Earlier yesterday, the Ministry of Home Affairs revoked the Public Entertainments and Meetings (Speakers’ Corner) (Exemption) Order. This means that applications to use the Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park will not be accepted this week, as the park is one of the People’s Association’s designated community sites for remembering the late Mr Lee.

The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery and the Emergency Preparedness Centre will also be closed to the public until March 29, as will fire stations this weekend.

Entertainment events have also postponed or cancelled.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, for example, announced that while its premises would remain accessible to the public from March 23 to 29, non-ticketed performances will not take place at the Concourse and Outdoor Theatre. However, ticketed performances will continue as scheduled until further notice.

Similarly, the Chingay 2015 Heartland Parade @ Nee Soon GRC on March 28 — the last of five satellite Chingay parades organised to enable more people to enjoy this annual Chinese New Year celebrations — has been cancelled.

Other events, such as the official launch of the *SCAPE Invasion Tour — a youth-oriented programme to promote the local music scene at 32 schools — has been postponed and will resume in April, the organisers said.

Likewise, the Travel Revolution outbound travel fair — meant to rival the one organised by National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) — has been moved from this week to April 3 to 5. Don Mendoza

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