Amid the nation mourning over the loss of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, this piece of news slipped past many media outlets.

Some two hours after Mr Lee was reported to have passed on, home affairs minister Teo Chee Hean revoked unrestricted usage of the Speaker’s Corner.

In a statement, nParks said the revocation was because the park was used as a community site to honour the late Lee.

As such, it was mandated that those who wish to speak or organise events at Hong Lim Park would not be able to do so:

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The revocation of privileges means that the Speaker’s Corner, like any other spot in Singapore, is now subject to rules whereby a permit and advance notice must be applied before holding an event, speech or demonstration.

However, the nParks statement did specify that no applications for Speakers’ Corner usage would be accepted “during this time”.

In an official order submitted by the Attorney General’s Chambers, at 5.30am Monday, the new ruling took into effect, immediately cancelling all rights on unrestricted usage of the Speaker’s Corner.

However, no end date was specified in the revocation order, thus bringing up queries on whether this was a temporary move in line with the current national period of mourning or if it is a permanent move.

Featured photo: Gabriel Ehrnst Grundin (Creative Commons license/Wikipedia)

Thanks to Bryan Kwa and Amanda Jeyaretnam for the tip-offs.