Year 1994

Searcher UAV

Friday, 23rd December 1994

The IAI Searcher Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is one of the system operated by the Tactical Air Support Command (TASC). It provides real-time airborne reconnaissance and surveillance to SAF ground commanders to survey the battlefield.

RSAF In Pearce Australia

Saturday, 5th November 1994

The official opening was carried out by the Singapore Defence Minister, Lee Boon Yang, on 5 November 1994. This complex in Pearce have about 160 personnel and can housed 27 aircraft. RSAF has relocated part of its Flying Training School to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia and commenced operations there in September 1993. RSAF 130 Squadon Detachment is house in a new building and facilities have been specially constructed.

Sun Yat Sen Villa National Monument

Friday, 28th October 1994

The Sun Yat Sen Villa was declared a national monument. It was built in the 1880s by a Chinese merchant Boey Chuan Poh. It was used as the Southeast Asian headquarters for the Chinese revolutionary movement and was the home of Dr Sun Yat Sen during his visits to Singapore in the 1900s. It was renamed Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall when it reopened in 2001 after a major restoration.

Competitive salaries scheme

Friday, 21st October 1994

The Government announced a new system to set the salaries of ministers and senior civil servants by pegging their pay to that of top earners in six private sector professions. A White Paper, “Competitive Salaries for Competent and Honest Government: Benchmarks for Ministers and Senior Public Officers”, was published listing recommendations for setting formal benchmarks for public sector pay. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong tabled a motion in Parliament to endorse the White Paper in its next sitting on 31October.

Opening of Tuas Naval Base

Friday, 2nd September 1994

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.

Buangkok Green Medical Park Opened

Thursday, 1st September 1994

Foo Hai Ch'an Monastery, parent organization of Ren Ci, assumed responsibility for the 174-bedded Chronic Sick Unit of the former Woodbridge Hospital (now known as Buangkok Green Medical Park).

More F-16 C/D For The Air Force

Friday, 1st July 1994

Singapore government announced Peace Carvin II (PC2) which saw the purchase of eighteen F-16 C/Ds (8 x F-16C Block 52 and 10 x F-16D Block 52). The decision was reportedly based on price quoted by Lockheed Martin of USD $23m for each F-16. The new machines will be powered by the F100-PW-229 engine and will have a down rated version of the LANTIRN pod system. The aircraft are AIM-120 AMRAAM and AGM-88 Harm capable.

GST Introduced

Friday, 1st April 1994

A 3 percent GST was implemented in Singapore. It is part of the Tax Restructuring System. The restructuring involved the introduction of GST, reductions in income tax rates, property tax and some existing indirect tax.

RSAF's First Women Helicopter Pilot

Friday, 18th March 1994

RSAF's first woman helicopter pilot, Lt Sim, gets her wings. The RSAF has four other women pilots who fly transport aircraft, but Lt Sim is the first to fly a helicopter. Her instructor, Captain Chris Chong, described her as a good and confident student who received no special treatment and trained as hard as her male colleagues.

American Teenager Jailed & Canned For Vandalism

Monday, 28th February 1994

American teenager Michael Fay was sentenced to four months’ jail and four strokes of caning after being found guilty of vandalism, theft and mischief. The caning punishment received high-publicised criticism from the West.

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