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.

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