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Singapore observes one minute of silence today



One minute of silence to be observed throughout Singapore

SCDF will sound alert

As a mark of respect for those who perished in the Tsunami Disaster, there will be a national minute of silence on 9 January 2005 at about 6 pm, at the end of the Tsunami Disaster Memorial Service.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will sound an alert (i.e. Chime signal) through its Public Warning System to mark the start of the minute of silence. Members of the public should stop whatever they are doing, where practical, and join in this observance. SCDF will sound another alert (Chime signal) to mark the end of the one-minute silence.
National Flag at half mast
Also as a mark of respect for those who perished in the Tsunami Disaster, the national flag will be flown at half mast on Sunday, 9 January 2005.
Memorial Service
The Tsunami Disaster Memorial Service which will be held at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 is open to all members of the public.
The Memorial Service will be an occasion for us to come together as a nation to remember the victims of the tsunami disaster both in Singapore and across the world, and to pray for the recovery of the injured and the safe return of those who are still missing or unaccounted for. Singapore stands in solidarity with all the countries that have been gravely affected by the disaster.

Details of the Tsunami Disaster Memorial Service

Date: Sunday, 9 January 2005

Time: 5 pm to 6 pm

Venue: Singapore EXPO Hall 2

Public Invited
The Memorial Service will begin at 5 pm and end at 6 pm. Members of the public attending the Service are requested to dress in decorum. To facilitate smooth security clearance, they should arrive by 4.00 pm. The Police advises against bringing bags to the Service.
If the turnout exceeds the capacity of Hall 2, there will be ushers to guide participants to another Hall nearby to follow the Service via direct telecast on huge screens that will be set up.
Order of Proceedings
The Prime Minister of Singapore will make an address at the Memorial Service. High Commissioners and Ambassadors of some of the affected countries (Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Sweden) will also be making addresses.
Religious leaders from the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) will be reciting prayers at the Memorial Service. The nine religious groups participating in the Service represent Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrian Religion, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Baha’i faith.
Each religious leader will say a one-minute prayer for the victims of the tsunami disaster, for the speedy recovery of those injured and for the safe return of those who are still missing.
The Service will end with a minute of silence.
“Live” TV and radio broadcast
The Memorial Service will be carried 'LIVE' on Channel NewsAsia Singapore, Channel NewsAsia International, TV Mobile and News Radio 93.8.
The broadcast will be in English. The "LIVE" telecast on TV will commence at 1645 hrs and end at 1800 hrs. The "LIVE" broadcast on News Radio 93.8 will commence at 1655 hrs and end at 1800 hrs.
The “LIVE” broadcast of the Memorial Service will be screened in Little India at the grass patch at the junction of Weld Road and Jalan Besar Road. Takashimaya Shopping Centre has graciously agreed to screen the direct telecast at Takashimaya Square at its Basement.
The direct telecast will also be screened at the electronic billboard in front of Orchard Emerald Building. Members of public can follow the Service at these locations.
For those who bring flowers to the Memorial Service, an area for the laying of flowers has been specially designated at the Singapore Expo. There will be signs to direct people to the area.
Transport to the Service
Members of the public are advised to use public transport to get to the Singapore Expo as there are limited parking facilities. For those coming by the MRT, please alight at the Expo Station on the East-West Line. There are taxi stands and bus stops for those coming by public transport. Please see map attached.
Those intending to drive are advised to car pool to help minimize traffic congestion. They are advised to follow the instructions of the traffic wardens at the venue.
Issued by Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports 7 January 2005


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