PM and ministers pay respects at Nathan's home
EIGHT pallbearers marched slowly and solemnly with S R Nathan's casket on their shoulders into his family home yesterday morning.
The hearse carrying his body arrived at the Ceylon Road house from the Singapore General Hospital at about 10.45am.
Mr Nathan died at the hospital on Monday night at the age of 92. There will be a private wake for the family until today before the lying in state at Parliament House from 10am tomorrow.
At the wake was Mr Nathan's nephew, who wanted to be known only as Jack.
The 66-year-old described him as a "fantastic" uncle.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching arrived at about noon to pay their respects.
Deputy Prime Ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam arrived at about 12.45pm.
Mr Teo spoke fondly of Mr Nathan's caring nature and called him a "giant of his times" in a doorstop interview outside the home.
Mr Tharman said the former president had a deep connection to the Indian community but was "multiracial to the core".
"Mr Nathan personified multiracialism and he is one of those who made Singapore what it is today," he added.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said Mr Nathan's contributions to Singapore have been "immense but probably underappreciated".
"That is because he was not a political leader until he became president. But if you know his life story, from young, he was a very remarkable... public servant," he added outside Mr Nathan's home after he paid his last respects.
Mr Nathan's state funeral will be held at 4pm on Friday at the University Cultural Centre, which will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.