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Singapore's longest-serving president SR Nathan dies

PM Lee Hsien Loong

Former Singapore president S. R. Nathan, whose colourful career included stints as a spymaster and diplomat, has died in hospital.

From Thursday (25 August) at 10.00 am to Friday (26 August) at 12.00 pm, the body of the late Mr Nathan would be lie in state at Parliament House. The government will also hold a state funeral service on Friday. Nathan will be given a state funeral on Friday, the Prime Minister's Office in Singapore said on Tuesday.

"I have known Mr Nathan for nearly 40 years".

We in India join the people of Singapore in deeply mourning the passing away of former President Nathan.

Former President S.R. Nathan is "an inspiration to all of us", Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a condolence letter to Mrs Nathan today.

Mr Nathan was our President for two terms and each time he ran uncontested; so there was no election. Tan posted on Facebook. "I convey my deep condolences to the people of Singapore and his family members on behalf of DMK", he added.

"I have known Mr Nathan for 40 years, since I was a young officer in SAF".

The couple remember him as an approachable man who will always oblige requests for photos.

"His genuine concern about bettering the community and his guidance to every major Indian organisation in Singapore were vital in ensuring that Indian Singaporeans were able to aspire to reach their potential, regardless of their circumstances", it added.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Nathan was a "giant of our times".

Head of Civil Service Peter Ong said the public service can learn from Mr Nathan's "unwavering dedication and tenacity in serving our country" by serving "with compassion and from our heart". "Thank you Mr Nathan for a lifetime of service to Singapore", DPM Teo said in his Facebook post.

Nathan also served as an intelligence chief in the military and held various positions in the private sector.

Nathan was appointed as Singapore's High Commissioner to Malaysia in 1988 and later Singapore's Ambassador to the United States of America from 1990 to 1996.

He was also seen serving as Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large and later served as the pro-chancellor of the National University of Singapore.