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  • Green Bus Company

    A close-up of one of the buses owned and operated by Green Bus Company. Photograph courtesy of Patrick Ong

    The Green Bus Company was formerly known as Rochor Bus Co. and established in 1935 by Ong Kim Hock’s brothers and other partners with a fleet of about 35 buses.

  • Opening of the National Stadium

    Singapore Youth Festival Opening Ceremony 1988

    The old National Stadium, or the Grand Old Dame of Kallang, as it was affectionately called, was a site that brought and saw Singaporeans from all walks of life gather in unity to cheer their hearts out. It was a place where students proudly bore their school colours, where local heroes were born and where national records were broken.

  • MacDonald House Bombing

    MacDonald House bombing

    The MacDonald House bombing was the worse of the 42 bombings that occurred in Singapore during the period of Indonesian Confrontation or Konfrontasi (1963-1966), an era that arose as a result of Indonesia’s opposition to Singapore’s merger with Malaya.

  • Beginnings of the Singapore Improvement Trust and Tiong Bahru Estate

    Singapore Improvement Trust flats dating to 1950s

    Established in 1920 following recommendations of a housing commission set up to review living conditions of the overcrowded central area of Singapore, the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) grew out of an idea first mooted more than a decade earlier in an editorial of The Singapore Free Press. SIT's first major housing project was Kampong Tiong Bahru.

  • Launch of the Mass Rapid Transit System

    Commemoration of the Delivery of the First MRT Trains

    In the late 1970s, Singapore had in place an efficient bus network, but planning studies conducted during that time anticipated transportation problems with Singapore’s booming population and rising expectations for transport efficiency. Although the MRT line opened to its first passengers in 1987, talks for a potential MRT system as part of the transport infrastructure in Singapore began as early as in the late 1960s.

  • Implementation of National Service

    Old Temasek Green Cotton Drill Uniform

    Whether it was scaling the treacherous Peng Kang Hill in Jurong, being part of the pioneer batches trained by the Israeli Army, or simply taking the ferry from Tanah Merah to Pulau Tekong, the memories of National Service still resonate very much in the minds of the 900,000 male citizens who have completed their National Service duty ever since it was introduced under the National Service (Amendment) Bill in 1967.

  • Lee Kuan Yew

    Lee Kuan Yew at PAP's meeting at Victoria Memorail Hall

    Lee Kuan Yew is widely regarded as the founder of modern Singapore, serving as the nation’s Prime Minister for 31 years from 1959 to 1990. A well-respected leader in the global community, Lee introduced pioneering policies that transformed Singapore into a modern metropolis.

  • Traditional Trades

    Traditional Teochew Confectionery

    While many traditional trades and craftsmen have since retired or developed into other trades, a good few such as the Bumboat operators of Pulau Ubin , Traditional confectionaries and Second-hand book sellers continue to provide daily necessities and services to a small but grateful audience. Their contribution to Singapore’s rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit is an invaluable asset that contributes not just to the socio-economic makeup of our society, but the identity of Singapore as nation.

  • Singapore Shophouses

    Chionshire Styled Shophouse in Geylang

    Across the island, the Singapore shophouse is a quintessential architectural icon still widely used for residential and commercial purposes. It remains a visible canvas that portrays Singapore’s intriguing multicultural and architectural influences throughout the years.

  • Hock Lee Bus Riots

    Riot Police using a high-power water jet to disperese rioters

    On 12 May 1955, a strike broke out at the Hock Lee Bus Company along Alexandra Road after 229 members of the Singapore Bus Workers’ Union felt that they were unfairly dismissed. The strike soon escalated into a full-scale riot between police, workers and about 2,000 Chinese middle-school students, resulting in the loss of four lives and 31 others injured.

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