Tuan Haji Othman Bin Wok, one of Singapore’s founding People’s Action Party members, has died at Singapore General Hospital on Monday at the age of 92.
Encik Haji Othman was one of the signatories to the Separation Agreement between the Malaysian government, led by Tunku Abdul Rahman, and the Singapore government, led by Lee Kuan Yew.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement, “He was a key member of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Cabinet, during the critical period when Singapore was in Malaysia, and then separated from Malaysia to become an independent republic… He supported Mr Lee in the fight for a multiracial and multireligious Singapore, and became one of Mr Lee’s closest comrades.”
The People’s Action Party Facebook page paid tribute to Encik Haji Othman, calling him one of the earliest builders of a multiracial Singapore.
He will be buried at Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery on Tuesday. The government will accord him a ceremonial gun carriage for his final journey from Sultan Mosque to Pusara Abadi at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery. All flags in Singapore have been asked to fly at half mast.