Parliament Accepted Revised Ministers Pay


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Parliament has accepted the proposals made by the Committee to Review Ministerial Salaries after a three-day debate. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Minister-in-charge of civil service, said both sides of the House (PAP and two opposition parties) have moved much closer together. 30 MPs took part in the debate. The new salary structure will be backdated to 21 May 2011. Huat Ah! Read more »

Tanjong Pagar Train Station To Relocate


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The Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) station will be relocated from Tanjong Pagar to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint (WTCP) by 1 July 2011. Malaysia would co-locate its railway CIQ facilities at WTCP. Singapore would facilitate the relocation to the WTCP and ensure bus service connectivity from the KTMB Station at WTCP to a nearby MRT Station for the convenience of train passengers. Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Passenger Terminal building would be conserved given its historical significance and would be a centerpiece for the new proposed development on the site. In addition, the old Bukit Timah Railway Station building at Blackmore Drive may also be conserved.

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HDB To Upgrade 85,000 Households


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The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has committed $1 billion to upgrade eight towns. The eight towns are in the Central zone like Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Bishan, Serangoon, Kallang/Whampoa, Queenstown, Bukit Merah and Central. This upgrade plan was announced by Deputy PM and Minister for Home Affairs, Wong Kan Seng announced this at the HDB’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

A Thousand Took Part In Pulau Ubin Run


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About 1,000 people participated in a run on Pulau Ubin on Saturday to raise environmental awareness and to raised funds for an environmental tree-planting programme. The run, a 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre route, was flagged off by NTUC chief Lim Swee Say.

PM Lee, MM Lee awarded 6-figure sums in libel case


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The Singapore High Court has awarded six-figure sums to both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, in their libel case against the Singapore Democratic Party and its leaders. The Judge came to the conclusion that a fair and reasonable figure for damages was S$500,000 for Mr Lee Hsien Loong and S$450,000 to his father for defamatory remarks which appeared in an SDP publication during the 2006 General Election. The Judge said the amount was commensurate with and proportionate to the gravity of the libel and the “egregious behaviour” of the defendants Dr. Chee Soon Juan and his sister, Chee Siok Chin. Read more »

Foreign ministers of ASEAN meets


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Foreign ministers of Southeast Asian nations are meeting here Monday to discuss help for cyclone-hit Myanmar. The meeting comes two weeks after a deadly tropical cyclone Nargis hit five divisions and states of Myanmar early this month and left more than 77,000 dead, 55,000 still missing and 19,000 injured. The special meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Myanmar and consider how best to assist Myanmar in its relief and recovery efforts.

Opening of Changi Naval Base


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The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) took a step towards achieving world-class status when its Changi Naval Base was opened by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. Also present were the Minister of Defence, Admiral Teo Chee Hean. This ceremony marked the culmination of more than a decade of planning and construction of a naval base that is among the most sophisticated in this region. The other two Naval Bases are located at Pulau Brani and Tuas.

Singapore Sport School


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The Singapore Sports School under the auspices of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports, the school was officially opened by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. The #Singapore Sports School# is a specialized independent school providing a conducive academic and training environment for teenagers aspiring to be sports athletes.Students reside five days a week on a sprawling seven-hectare campus that comes equipped with world-class sporting facilities. Students at sports school undergo a modular curriculum of study in specialized classrooms. The mode of study is tied closely to the syllabus of mainstream school and that which allows them the flexibility to compete at sports competition frequently without comprising their studies.

SARS Outbreak


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The SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, outbreaks was traced to a 23 year-old female Singaporean traveler returning from Hong Kong on 25 February 2003. In all, SARS has killed 25 Singaporeans and infected 173 more over the next two months. From March to May 2003, SARS raged in Singapore. Schools were closed. The Pasir Panjang wholesale vegetable market was closed off. Visitors stopped coming to Singapore. Changi Airport was deserted. Shopping malls and restaurants emptied out. The economy took a terrible hit as many businesses folded. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong told Singaporeans the SAR outbreak costed the country about $1 billion.

Update: On 6 May 2003, CDC Lowers SARS Travel Warnings for Singapore. On 31 May, the World Health Organization declared Singapore SARS-free.

Opening of Tuas Naval Base


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The Tuas Naval Base (TNB) was official opened by Prime Minister (PM), Mr Goh Chok Tong. This is the Republic of Singapore Navy’s second base. The first Naval Base at Palau Brani was opened in 1974.

Goh Chok Tong became Prime Minster


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A new chapter opened in Singapore’s modern history Goh Chok Tong became the second Prime Minster of Singapore when he took over the office from Lee Kuan Yew who resigned after having been Prime Minster since 1959.

Opening of Pulau Brani Naval Base


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Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew declared open the Singapore Maritime Command Naval Base on Pulau Brani. Singapore Maritime Command was-later renamed the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). RSS Laburnum, RSS Panglima and RSS Bedok came under SNVF’s charge and the prefix RSS (Republic of Singapore Ship) was also used for the first time.

Malaysian PM visit Singapore


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Singapore gave Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak and his wife Toh Puan Rahah a cordial welcome when they flew in today for a three-day official visit. They were met on arrival at Paya Lebar airport by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs Lee, Cabinet ministers and members of the diplomatic corps. This was the first official visit of a Malaysian Prime Minister to Singapore since the Republic became independent in August 1965.

Keep Singapore Clean Campaign


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Lee Kuan Yew, launching ceremony of the “Keep Singapore Clean” Campaign. In his speech, he said “We have built. We have progressed. But there is no hallmark of our success more distinctive and more meaningful than achieving the position as the cleanest and greenest city in South Asia.”

Britain announced withdrawal of troops


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Mr Harold Wilson, the then Prime Minister of UK, announced the intention to withdraw all of Britain’s 35,000 troops stationed in Singapore by end 1971. This shocked the nation as it was less than three years into independence from Malaysia. The situation had Mr Lee Kuan Yew saying, “If you go out too fast, I will just have to hire mercenaries rather than have a power vacuum.”

First National Service Call-Up


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The first National Service, compulsory military training, call-up of 9,000 youths for the independent nation was initiated on this day the then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY). The cream of Singapore’s youths would have to serve two years in the Armed Forces on leaving school. Eligible for call-up were those whose 18th birthday fell on or after 1 January 1967.

The Civilian War Memorial


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The Civilian Memorial was officially unveiled by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Government and the people of Singapore. Religious rites were conducted by officials of the Inter-Religious Organisation and a three-minute silence was observed in honour of the dead during the Japanese Occupation (from 15 Feb 1942 to 15 Aug 1945). Those present included the victims’ families, members of the diplomatic corps (including the Japanese Ambassador), religious chiefs and representatives from the four races. Costing an estimated $500,000 (Singapore Dollars), one of the characteristics of the Memorial is its height of 61 metres and its four columns. The columns represent the four races joined together at the base – signifying the unity of all races. Construction of the Memorial began in June 1966 and was completed in January 1967.

Singapore celebrated its first National Day


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The main event of the first Singapore National Day was a National Day parade involving 23,000 men, women and children which was held at the Padang. , At exactly 9 am was the arrival of the Republic’s first President, Yusof bin Ishak and was met by Defence Minister cum Colonel of the Singapore Artillery, Dr Goh Keng Swee. Already seated the steps of the City Hall were Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Cabinet Members, Members of Parliament and invited guests. Then the National Anthem was played with a Presidential salute, and then, escorted by Doctor Goh, the President reviewed the parade Guard of Honor. This was followed by the start of the march past. The finale brought crashing cymbals, gongs, thundering drums and a mass display of 60 lions and dragons dance. The event ended at 10.30 am.

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