Year 1982

Stamford Canal Overhaul Completed

Wednesday, 1st December 1982

The overhaul of the Stamford Canal that costed $32-million has completed. The 4.1 km canal has been widened and deepened between Orange Grove Road to the sea front. The entire project took 30 months. This will leviate the flooding of Orchard Road during heavy rain fall.

Lim Hock Siew Allowed To Leave Pulau Tekong

Tuesday, 7th September 1982

Dr. Lim Hock Siew, a polical detainee, was allowed to leave Pulau Tekong on conditon that was not to particpate in political activity. Dr. Lim had categorically stated to Singapore Internal Security Department (ISD) officers that on returning to Singapore island, he would concentrate on his medical practice. Another condition stipulates that he will have to stay in a stipulated address and not allow to leave Singapore with prior written permission of the ISD Director. In all, Dr. Lim was detained for 19 years.

Schools to teach the Singapore story

Monday, 9th August 1982

Schools will introduce a new history syllabus, The Social and Economic History of Singapore from the day it was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 to its independence on Aug 9, 1965. This means new history books to give young Singaporeans an insight into their historical and cultural background.

RSAF Jet Fighter Crashed In Sydney

Saturday, 7th August 1982

A Singapore Air Force Skyhawk jet fighter crashed today after its engine failed during gunnery practice near Newcastle, in New South Wales, but the pilot escaped unhurt, an Australian Air Force spokesman said. The pilot, Lieutenant Jaspal Singh 23, ejected from the plane.

Singa the courtesy lion makes debut

Friday, 14th May 1982

Courtesy had a friendly face and the national courtesy campaign a mascot - Singa, which meant "Lion" in Malay. The introduction of Singa gave Singaporeans one of their most recognisable campaign mascots. The lovable courtesy lion would soon be popping out of every corner - caps, T-shirts, pencil cases and school bags.

Festival of Dance

Saturday, 20th March 1982

The first Festival of Dance was held from 20 to 24 March 1982 at the Victoria Theatre. The debut festival was rated as "fairly successful" in bringing forth a combination of talents - well and lesser-known artists as well as new faces - and in stimulating interest in dance as an art form in Singapore.

Bukit Timah area hit by flood

Thursday, 18th March 1982

Some areas along Bukit Timah Road, the flood water rose to 1.5 metres deep after a heavy downpour. Cluny Road was also flooded, but that flooding was believed to have been caused partly by sewerage work in that area.

POSB Interest Rate Cutted

Friday, 1st January 1982

POSB greeted the new year by cutting its interest to 2 million depositors from 8.5% per year to 7.5%. At the same time, they are lowering the residential property loans by one percentage point to 11.75% per year for loans up to 10 years. For Loans between 11 to 15 years, it was set at 12.25% and 12.75% for above 15 years loan.

Singapore Standard Time Shifted

Friday, 1st January 1982

Singapore Standard Time (SGT) was set to 8 hours Greenwich Mean Time (+8GMT) from +7.5GMT. Which meant that it is the same as China's timezone. So mathematically, all those born in Singapore before 1982, is half and hour younger.