Asia Insurance Building officially opened with 20 storeys and at 87 metres tall, the Asia Insurance Building was the tallest building in Southeast Asia upon its completion in 1954. The Asia Insurance Building was named after its former namesake occupant, Asia Insurance, which is a Singaporean company incorporated on 11 July 1923. The Asia Insurance Building was designed by one of Singapore’s pioneer architects, Ng Keng Siang. Ng was a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and designed the building after the prevailing Modern Movement. He also exhibited a strong liking for eclectic architectural styles.
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Mr. Malcolm MacDonald was in Singapore for nine year as Commissioner-General for South-East Asia. The Governor of Singapore, Sir Robert Black and Lady Black and Service Chiefs wait on the Paya Lebar Airport Tarmac. was honoured by a 100-man guard and the band of 1st Bn of The Queen’s Royal Regiment with a large crowd singing “Auld Lang Syne”.
Singapore Paya Lebar International Airport with its imposing hangars and spacious passenger terminal was opened by Alan Lennox-Boyd, Secretary of State for Colonies. The first pilot to land at Singapore International Airport was First Officer Chan Soon Kin of Malayan Airways, who till then had clocked 8,000 flying hours to his credit. The Paya Lebar Airport replaces the Old Kallang Airport as Singapore’s International Airport. Read more »
The British colonial authority in Singapore introduced the Central Provident Fund (CPF) as a compulsory savings scheme so as to allow workers to save for their retirement, 10 years after the end of the Japanese Occupation when people were struggling to make ends meet.
Sir Robert Brown Black was appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Singapore from 30 June 1955 to 9 December 1957.
Four people are killed during the Hock Lee bus riots. The Hock Lee bus strike began peacefully but escalated into a violent riot in which four people were killed and 31 injured. During the strike, large numbers of dismissed bus workers locked themselves in the Hock Lee garages at Alexandra Road and picketed at the gates. Read more »
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The second general election for the Legislative Assembly was a lively and closely-fought affair, with several new political parties joining the fray. Unlike previous elections, voters were automatically registered, expanding the electorate to around 300,000.The SPP was soundly defeated in the election, winning only four seats. The newly-formed, left-leaning Labour Front was the biggest winner with ten seats was led by David Marshall. Labour Front formed a coalition government with the UMNO-MCA Alliance, which won three seats. Another new party, the leftist People’s Action Party (PAP) led by Lee Kuan Yew, won three seats.
Chinese Students lifted Mr. Lee Kuan Yew to shoulder-high after the announcement that he was the successful candidate for Tanjong Pagar. Mr. Lee (PAP) got 6629 votes. His closest rival was Mr. Peter Lim Seck Tiong (Progressive Party) with only 908 votes.
Mr. Lim Chin Siong was elected Assemblyman for Bukit Timah. Then 22 years old, he was and remained the youngest Assemblyman ever to be elected into office.
Nanyang University (Nantah), the first Chinese-language university in Southeast Asia, is established through donations from people of all walks of life in the region. Prime land donated by the Hokkien Huay Kuan, a clan association, is developed as the Yunnan Garden campus in Jurong.
They came to support their friend and adviser, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The Postman took off their uniforms and in their Sunday best, went down to do the beats in Tanjong Pagar, canvassing the voters. The men remembered Mr. Lee, as he had gave them his time and personal devotion for their cause.