Year 2004

Nicoll highway reopened

Saturday, 4th December 2004

Nicoll highway reopened to traffic after 8 months of repair work of the collapsed section was completed.

RSAF Changi Air Base (East) Opened

Monday, 29th November 2004

Changi Air Base (East), or Changi East Complex is a new facility extending the facilities of Changi Air Base. Built on 2 square kilometre site of reclaimed land, the new base is located approximately 2 kilometres east of Singapore Changi Airport and approximately 1.5 kilometre west of Changi Naval Base. Ground breaking took place on 15 July 2002.

StarHub Listed In Singapore

Wednesday, 13th October 2004

Singapore’s second largest telco, StarHub Limited (“StarHub”), and largest IPO in 2004 with gross proceeds of about S$460 million. StarHub is a fully-integrated information, communication and entertainment company, providing mobile, cable TV, broadband and fixed network services, announced today that its initial public offering (the “IPO” or the “Offering”) of 481.8 million shares (the "Offering Shares") has been priced at S$0.95 per Offering Share following the successful completion of a global book-building process.

Sir Sykes and Mr Wachem Honored

Tuesday, 12th October 2004

Sir Richard B Sykes (Rector of Imperial College London, UK) and Mr LC van Wachem (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Royal Philips Electronics, Netherlands) was presented with the Honorary Citizen Award for their invaluable contributions to Singapore in the biomedical and business field. The Honorary Citizen Award ceremony was held at the Istana on 12 October 2004, marks the second year Singapore is conferring this honour on global talent. President SR Nathan conferred the Honorary Citizen Award.

Malaysian Man Admitted The Murder of Chinese Girl

Sunday, 10th October 2004

Malaysian Took Leng How admitted to the murder of Chinese girl Huang Na after her body was found dumped at Telok Blangah Hill.

Lee Hsien Loong as Prime Minister

Saturday, 14th August 2004

Brigadier General (Ret) Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as the Republic of Singapore’s third Prime Minister. Lee Hsien Loong is the eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first Prime Minister.

Jack Neo Awarded the PBM

Tuesday, 10th August 2004

Jack Neo Chee Keong (1960 - ) became the first local film-maker to be honored with a National Day Award, the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat). The Medal is given to Mr Neo which he has rendered commendable public service in Singapore or for his achievement in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labour movement.

DPM Lee made private visit to Taiwan

Saturday, 10th July 2004

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Lee Hsien Loong made a private visit to Taiwan from 10-13 July 2004. The visit provoked strong reactions from China. China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with the visit and protested that DPM visit to Taiwan was contrary to Singapore's 'One China' policy. But according to DPM, 2 years after Singapore established diplomatic relations with China, in 1992, Lee (already a DPM) visited Taiwan.  And the recent second visit to Taiwan does not contradict Singapore's 'One China' policy.

Pulau Tekong Robbers Get Jail & Cane

Thursday, 8th July 2004

THE three armed robbers who set off a massive manhunt in March when they landed on Pulau Tekong, were all jailed for seven years on Thursday and ordered to be caned 12 strokes. Mohamad Hassan Awang (26-year old Malaysian), Moh Gunawan Hendro (25-year old Indonesia), and Herman, (23-year old Indonesian) have committed two robberies and fled Malaysia on 18 March 2004. They stole a motorised sampan and headed for Batam, Indonesia, but they were pursued by Malaysian police and that made them change course. They landed on Pulau Tekong, which is used for military training, at about 8.45am, split up and took cover in the forested area. Alerted by Malaysian police, more than 1,200 Singapore policemen and soldiers combed the island. They found Gunawan hiding in the bushes the very next day. A day later, Hassan and Herman were arrested.

RSS Formidable was launched

Wednesday, 7th July 2004

RSS Formidable was launched in France and was fully commissioned on 5 May 2007. In March 2000, the Singapore Ministry of Defence awarded the contract to DCNS, Direction des Constructions Navales Services is a naval defence company based in France, for the design and construction of six frigates. Construction of the Formidable began in late 2002, when the keel was laid down in Lorient on November 2002. Under the arrangement, DCNS was to design and build the first frigate in its Lorient yard in France while the remaining five frigates were to be built locally by Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine at its Benoi yard in Singapore.

Opening of Changi Naval Base

Friday, 21st May 2004

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.

RSAF F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed

Thursday, 20th May 2004

A Singapore Republic Air Force (RSAF) F-16C fighter jet crashed during a routine night training mission south of Barry M. Goldwater Range Military training range in southern Arizona. The plane was piloted by 25-years old, Lieutenant Loo Kwang Han, had taken off from Luke Air Force Base with two other aircraft on a routine night training flight. About 45 minutes into the flight, communication with the missing aircraft was lost. Lieutenant Loo Kwang Han died in the crash.

Nicoll Highway Collapsed

Saturday, 24th April 2004

At about 3.30 pm, a disaster struck when part of the temporary retaining wall of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Circle Line at Nicoll Highway collapsed. It caused a cave-in and brought the surrounding area and part of Nicoll Highway down into it, forming 30 m deep ravine. As Nicoll Highway sank, gas, water and electricity cables snapped, causing power to go out for about 15,000 people and 700 businesses in the Marina and Suntec City area. Tremors were felt at Golden Mile Complex. Tenants and residents in the building were also evacuated. Police immediately cordoned off the adjoining Merdeka Bridge and sealed all roads leading to Nicoll Highway. The tragedy left four men dead. Nicoll highway was only reopened to traffic 8 months later on 4 December 2004.

NKF: Controversially ahead of its time, Article Published

Monday, 19th April 2004

Straits Times published an editorial "NKF: Controversially ahead of its time?" written by senior correspondent Susan Long. This article became the subject of the dispute, and eventually the lawsuit that led to the scandal. Durai and NKF challenged the first six lines of the article, which claimed that a retired contractor (who declined to be named, for fear of being sued) had 'lost it' when he was asked to install "a glass-panelled shower, a pricey German toilet bowl and a (S$1,000) gold-plated tap" in Durai's office. NKF shortly issued a letter of demand for an apology, retraction, and payment of damages from the paper's publisher, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), within 24 hours. Four days after the article's publication, NKF and Durai served a writ on Long and SPH for defamation, demanding S$3.24 million in damages.  The trail was set on the 11 July 2005.

Singapore Sport School

Friday, 2nd April 2004

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.

Old National Library Building Demolished

Wednesday, 31st March 2004

The Old National Library Building was a historical building at Stamford Road. Originally completed in 1960, it housed the National Library. Despite a huge groundswell of public dissent, the library was closed on 31 March 2004, and was demolished to make way for the construction of the Fort Canning Tunnel to ease road traffic to the city.

Armed Robbers In Tekong

Thursday, 18th March 2004

The Singapore Police was informed by the Royal Malaysia Police at about 08:45am that they were pursuing three men on board a motorised sampan and the sampan had landed at Pulau Tekong. The men are suspected to have earlier committed armed robbery in Johor. The Singapore Armed Forces and the Singapore Police Force are jointly conducting a search for the three persons on the island. Security measures have also been stepped up on the island. About 700 soldiers and policemen are combing Pulau Tekong for three armed robbers. All training on the island has been temporarily suspended to facilitate the search operations. All three were caught and were charged with illegal entry and possession of firearms.

Asian Aerospace 2004

Thursday, 26th February 2004

The 12th Asian Aerospace 2004 (AA2004) is a 6-day event, taking place from 26 February to 29 February 2004. The first 4 days of the Singapore Airshow are exclusively for trade attendees and the final 2 weekend days are open to general public at large. Show visitors are treated to an extra 30-minute aerobatic flying display taking place at this year’s Singapore Airshow over the public weekend. This is in addition to the 60-minute aerial display.

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