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    Default Universal Studios Singapore the top amusement park in Asia: TripAdvisor

    Published on Jul 15, 2014 8:51 PM




    Universal Studios Singapore has been ranked the top amusement park in Asia by online travel site TripAdvisor, beating the likes of Hong Kong's Ocean Park, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


    By Melissa Lin

    SINGAPORE - Universal Studios Singapore has been ranked the top amusement park in Asia by online travel site TripAdvisor, beating the likes of Hong Kong's Ocean Park, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.

    Overall, the Sentosa attraction came in eighth in the world in this year's TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards. The 242 winners worldwide, announced on Tuesday, were chosen based on reviews by users of the site. Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida was ranked the top amusement park.

    Mr John Hallenbeck, senior vice president of attractions at Resorts World Sentosa, said USS takes pride in "delivering the best experience for all our guests".

    "We are very thankful to TripAdvisor travellers for their continuous support, making Southeast Asia's first and only Hollywood movie theme park the top amusement park in Asia," he added.

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    Victoria Concert Hall underwent a four-year refurbishment. Photo: Wee Teck Hian


    After refurbishment, space is now open to all, be it to perform in or to enjoy the arts


    Published: 4:03 AM, July 16, 2014


    SINGAPORE — It was a glittering return to the Victoria Concert Hall for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, which gave its first official performance at the space yesterday since the iconic concert hall and theatre closed for a four-year refurbishment.

    The event was graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ms Ho Ching, as well as Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong and members of the arts and culture community, who took in the premiere of a new work composed by Dr Kelly Tang, dean of arts at the School of the Arts.

    Among those who attended the event was Cultural Medallion recipient Neila Sathyalingam, 76, a pioneer of Indian dance in Singapore. “The new Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is superb. For me, this place has always been very special. We used to come here as a community, we used to live here, eat here, practise here for long hours on weekends,” she said.

    “I feel that Victoria Theatre’s production was a part of my success. It gave me the whole appearance of doing something fantastic, the stage, the ambience, the crowds and the audiences were fantastic.”

    Added fellow Cultural Medallion recipient Lim Fei Shen, 69, a pioneer in contemporary dance: “(The refurbishment of the Victoria Concert Hall) is fantastic ... The old building (was) very scattered and (had) very limited spaces. It is now a space where people can exchange ideas and mingle, coming together to appreciate art.”

    National Arts Council CEO Kathy Lai said the refurbished space is now open to all, be it to perform in or to enjoy the arts.

    “Both the concert hall and theatre are now fully equipped with modern equipment. Thus, I think that both the performers and the audience would realise that it is a much nicer experience performing on the stage as well as experiencing it as an audience,” she said.

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    Default Strong demand for tours at S’pore’s first marine park



    Introductory guided walk at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park




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    Coral reef at Sisters’ Island on July 15, 2014. Photo: Naadiah Badib


    Six more dates set aside after slots for first guided walks were fully taken up


    By Siau Ming En -

    Published: 4:03 AM, July 16, 2014


    SINGAPORE — The Republic’s first marine park, located on islands off Singapore’s southern shores, has drawn keen interest.

    The number of places for the first two guided tours, which will be held next month, had to be tripled, and all 90 slots have been taken up.

    Yesterday, during an introductory guided walk for the media and Minister of State (National Development) Desmond Lee, the National Parks Board (NParks) announced six more dates for these guided walks from September to December.

    Although the marine park, which spans about 40ha around the Sisters’ Islands and along the western reefs of St John’s Island and Pulau Tekukor, is publicly accessible, these two-hour guided tours are led by trained volunteers who can share their knowledge of the origins, habitats and fun facts about these marine species, which are unique to the waters there and visible only during low tide.

    These species include carpet anemone, moon snails, black sea urchins, sea stars, octopus, flower crab and black sea cucumber. Coral reefs, relocated from the Pulau Semakau landfill, can also be seen on the shores.

    Guides will also share some dos and don’ts with visitors during these walks, such as walking on sandier parcels wherever possible to avoid stepping on the coral reefs.

    The Sisters’ Islands Marine Parkroughly the size of 50 football fields — was first announced by Mr Lee during the launch of the Festival of Biodiversity last Saturday.

    Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the walk yesterday, Mr Lee said NParks would look at how to manage the number of people visiting the area to strike a balance between conservation and visitorship.

    “We have bookings online, so we control the numbers through guided tours. Of course people are free to visit the island, but when they do so, we strongly encourage them to be respectful of the biodiversity and fragile ecosystem here,” he said. “We want to focus on positive conservation. We do not want to emphasise on prohibition — you can’t do this, you can’t do that. We would rather educate people, share with them and open their eyes to the tremendous beauty and education opportunities on this coral shore.”

    On the possibility of setting up more marine parks in the future, Mr Lee said the focus for now would be on establishing the education, research, outreach and conservation aspects of the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park.

    He shared some future plans for the marine park, including building a marine research centre on St John’s Island next year and investing in light infrastructure, such as stepping stones and boardwalks, to allow visitors to tread around the shoreline without damaging the fragile coral.

    Citing Chek Jawa as an example of how NParks was able to manage the spike in public interest in the area after reclamation plans were called off, Ms Ria Tan, founder of wildlife site wildsingapore.com, believes the board will be able to handle the new park.

    “The marine park announcement garnered a huge amount of public interest. NParks has the experience, so I am quite confident that they can manage it well,” she said.

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    Eighty international students from 13 countries visited MediaCorp yesterday for a television and radio workshop. PHOTO: ERNEST CHUA


    Published: 4:03 AM, July 16, 2014


    [B]Eighty international students from 13 countries[/B] visited MediaCorp yesterday for a television and radio workshop. They were here as part of the nine-day Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit. The students, aged 16 to 18, tried their hands at acting, producing and deejaying.

    The students will also visit other key installations, statutory boards and private organisations, including the Housing and Development Board, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, GIC, the Land Transport Authority and the PUB.

    This is the seventh year MediaCorp is participating in the summit.

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    Default Artist takes to the skies to prepare for drawing of Singapore

    Published on Jul 16, 2014 9:01 AM



    Architectural artist Stephen Wiltshire taking a helicopter ride over the Marina Bay area. The aerial view will help him prepare for drawing the city from memory. -- ST PHOTOS: SEAH KWANG PENG


    It may have been his 15th time in a helicopter, but the experience was still a fresh one for Mr Stephen Wiltshire yesterday.

    "I have not been to Singapore before, so there are many buildings, new and old, that I will have to remember," said the celebrated 40-year-old architectural artist, who will today begin drawing a 4m by 1m panorama of the city from memory.

    Following a land tour on Monday, the Briton's aerial view will help him prepare for the drawing.

    "I think Singapore is more difficult than New York or London, as I have visited them many times."
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    Default British artist Stephen Wiltshire draws Singapore from memory

    Famed British artist starts on sketch of cityscape


    Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:16 AM
    By Paige Lim


    All eyes were on British artist Stephen Wiltshire at Paragon yesterday morning, as the savant began drawing the Singapore cityscape from memory.

    He had picked out Marina Bay Sands as his favourite after an hour-long helicopter ride the day before to get an aerial view of Singapore's skyline.

    So it was apt that an outline of the iconic integrated resort was the first thing the artist sketched on the left of the 4m by 1m blank canvas which was mounted on a wooden structure.

    Seated on a high chair and plugged into music from his iPhone, he then went over the pencilled outline with a pen.




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    British artist Stephen Wiltshire starting on his sketch of the Singapore cityscape at Paragon yesterday as members of the public watched him work. The first thing he drew on the 4m by 1m canvas was the outline of the iconic Marina Bay Sands (above). He is sketching the cityscape from memory after viewing the Singapore skyline on an hour-long helicopter ride. -- ST PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE


    "This is the first time I've been to Singapore and the skyline was so beautiful and nice.
    I'm feeling good and am excited to start on the panorama," the 40-year-old told the media at the press launch of See The Big Picture, which is part of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) 30th anniversary celebrations.

    At the event, which began at 10am, SPH chairman Lee Boon Yang presented Mr Wiltshire with a blue Staedtler HB pencil with which he began his sketch.

    By noon, there were more than 100 people gathered at Paragon's main atrium to witness the artist in action.

    Diagnosed with autism when he was three years old, Mr Wiltshire is acclaimed for his astounding ability to draw detailed cityscapes from memory after viewing them once.

    Some members of the public sat on black benches at the front of the stage to catch Mr Wiltshire's live drawing, while others walked around admiring his famous panoramic works, 18 of which were on display. These include finely detailed sketches of cityscapes and landmarks in London, New York, Venice and Rio de Janeiro.

    Most people who came for the event at Paragon yesterday had read about him in the papers or online. Housewife Dorothy Tan, 62, said: "I've heard about him before and rushed down here to watch him. His drawings are amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing the whole big picture of the Singapore landscape."

    Student Daniel Lee, 22, said: "The most impressive thing is the level of detail he can put into his piece of art after just a few hours of observation. I'll probably go down the next few days to check on his progress."

    By 5pm yesterday, he had already completed drawing the Gardens by the Bay on the canvas.

    Mr Wiltshire will be at Paragon drawing in full view of the public from 10am to 5pm every day till Sunday, which is when he is slated to complete the artwork. The finished work of art will be presented to President Tony Tan Keng Yam in September as a gift to Singapore for the nation's 50th birthday next year.

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    Default Sentosa's new night show Wings Of Time officially opens

    Published on Jul 16, 2014 8:38 PM




    Visitors watch a new night show called Wings Of Time, featuring majestic water effects, fireworks and a light projection at Sentosa's Siloso Beach in Singapore on June 24, 2014. Wings Of Time officially opened on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

    By Melissa Lin

    SINGAPORE - Sentosa's newest attraction, a night show set in the sea off Siloso Beach called Wings of Time, officially opened on Wednesday.

    The 25-minute show, which cost $10 million to produce, has attracted more than 75,000 guests since its first show on June 17.

    Featuring pyrotechnics, water fountains and multimedia effects, the show tells the story of two teenagers, Felix and Rachel, and their adventures as they help a bird-like creature named Shahbaz find its way home.

    Wings of Time takes the place of Sentosa's previous signature night show, Songs of the Sea, which ended a seven-year run in May. It is part of Sentosa's ongoing efforts to refresh its offerings.

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    Default Rugby: Japan, Singapore vie for Asia licence to run Super Rugby

    POSTED: 17 Jul 2014 08:18


    Super Rugby organisers SANZAR have confirmed their competition is set to expand into Asia with Japan and Singapore vying for the licence to run a team in 2016.



    A general view of the new SportsHub in Singapore during the international rugby 10s tournament. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)


    SYDNEY: Super Rugby organisers SANZAR have confirmed their competition is set to expand into Asia with Japan and Singapore vying for the licence to run a team in 2016.
    The two countries best met the criteria required to successfully operate a Super Rugby franchise, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (SANZAR) said.

    A decision will be made in September or October.

    "We are now able to confirm that two parties from Asia will compete for the opportunity to join an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016," SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters said in a statement late Wednesday.

    "Asia is a region that has been the focus of considerable investment by the International Rugby Board in recent years and is a strategically sound location for the evolution of Super Rugby.

    "We were happy with the number of responses received, however the two stand-out expressions of interest that were most attractive to the SANZAR unions were received from Japan and Singapore."

    Peters said each bid had the support of their national unions and included other interested parties who would provide commercial and business support for the venture.

    The two bidders now have until mid-August to submit formal tender documents pushing their case to join Super Rugby when it expands from 15 to 18 teams in 2016.

    SANZAR said the bids would be assessed against the key criteria of commercial value, infrastructure, geographic location, rugby readiness and ongoing sustainability.

    The return of the Kings from South Africa's Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina had already been confirmed by SANZAR when the 18-team format was announced in May.


    - AFP/de

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    Default Malaysia to charge foreign motorists entering Johor

    POSTED: 16 Jul 2014 20:41
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    Malaysia on Wednesday announced that it will charge drivers of all foreign vehicles entering Johor Baru, following a request from the state.



    File photo: A view of the Causeway, bordering Malaysia's Johor Bahru (background) and Singapore. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

    JOHOR BARU: Malaysia on Wednesday announced that it will charge drivers of all foreign vehicles entering Johor Bahru.

    According to The Star, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the decision to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee was made following a request from the state.

    Najib also said the date of implementation of the fee and the rates will be announced later.

    Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the ministry was fine-tuning the proposed VEP charge.

    However, he said the VEP charge would not be applicable at the border checkpoints in the northern part of the Malaysian peninsula.

    "We are taking a bilateral approach only between Malaysia and Singapore because only Singapore is imposing a VEP charge on Malaysian vehicles and not the other countries," said Abdul Aziz.

    Johor Chief Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin had said the Johor government suggested a VEP charge of RM20 (S$7.80), with RM5 going to the state government for road maintenance, for Singapore vehicles entering Malaysia through the Causeway and the Second Link.

    Singapore had earlier announced an increased VEP charge of S$35, from S$20, on foreign vehicles entering the republic effective Aug 1.

    In response, Malaysia’s UMNO Youth also proposed on Tuesday imposing a fee on Singaporean cars entering Malaysia.


    - Agencies/xq

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    Default JTC partners SUTD to set up innovation centre

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    POSTED: 16 Jul 2014 21:32


    The SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre will promote the advancement of innovative and sustainable industrial infrastructure solutions in Singapore.





    SINGAPORE: JTC Corporation is joining hands with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to set up an innovation centre. This is to promote the advancement of innovative and sustainable industrial infrastructure solutions in Singapore.

    The SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre will provide a structured platform for conducting research and development and demonstration projects in three areas. These are Urban Innovation, Integrated Architecture and Engineering, and Design and Technology.

    The centre will be co-located and managed by the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, and it will be funded by JTC with an annual operations budget of S$1.5 million over five years.

    It is the third Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre set up by JTC in partnership with local universities, the other two being with NUS and NTU.

    JTC and SUTD will also work together on an integrated masterplan for Changi Business Park.


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    Default Pulau Ubin stamp series launched

    POSTED: 17 Jul 2014 13:44

    Four landmarks showcased on stamps: Main Jetty, Chek Jawa, The Wayang Stage and a Quarry



    The complete set of stamps. (Photo: SingPost)


    SINGAPORE: A series of stamps depicting Pulau Ubin’s iconic landmarks will be available from Friday (July 18).

    The stamps, launched by SingPost and the National Heritage Board, feature images of four landmarks: The Main Jetty (2nd local), Chek Jawa (S$0.65), the Wayang Stage (S$0.80) and a Quarry (S$1.10).

    The complete set is priced at S$2.87. Other products include a Pre-Cancelled First Day Cover affixed with the complete set of stamps, priced S$3.70, and a Presentation Pack with the complete set of stamps, priced at S$4.65.

    The new stamp issue, Islands of Singapore – Pulau Ubin, will be available at all post offices, the Singapore Philatelic Museum and online at www.stampdelight.com.


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    Default Singapore-China relationship much closer than before: PM Lee

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    POSTED: 17 Jul 2014 21:47
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    At the FutureChina Global Forum, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that China became Singapore's top trading partner for the first time last year.



    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the FutureChina Global Forum 2014


    SINGAPORE: The relationship between China and Singapore is much closer than before, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. This is especially so for areas like economic cooperation, trade and tourism. He made this point at a dialogue at the FutureChina Global Forum on Thursday evening (July 17). This is the fifth time the event is being organised.

    Prime Minister Lee pointed out that China became Singapore's top trading partner for the first time last year, surpassing Malaysia and the European Union. Mr Lee said both China and Singapore got off to a "more than good start" in the last 20 years. He added that both countries will continue to work to improve their bilateral relations so that businessmen can be confident that they are doing business within a stable and positive framework.

    "We will continue to work through the Joint Council for Business Bilateral Co-operation, to find new areas where we can cooperate together," he said. "One of the possible areas, of course, is social management, because this is one area which China is focusing on now - how to manage a society that is rapidly changing and rapidly urbanising. And we are also in the process of change and we are highly urbanised, so I think there are areas (where) we can learn from one another."

    Separately, Mr Lee said he hoped to see Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks conclude by the end of this year. In response to a question, he described the TPP as a second-best solution in the absence of an all-encompassing global free trade deal.

    "We have to have a second-best solution - regional FTAs (free-trade agreements), and we hope that the patchwork knits together comprehensively, and without any gaps and without any contradictions. And the TPP is an important part of this, as one step towards the long-term ideal, which is a free trade ideal in the Asia Pacific, and ideally, in the world."

    Singapore is one of the innovators of the TPP, which has expanded to 12 countries, including the United States, South Korea and Japan. China is not currently involved in the talks, but Mr Lee said he was quite sure the country was looking at the TPP carefully and that it has not ruled out any options about involvement in the free-trade pact.

    Mr Lee also gave his view on how the US is responding to China's rise on the international stage. He said the relationship between the two superpowers cannot be one where one side takes on the role that the other used to play.

    "It cannot be one where you're dividing the world into a G2
    . I think neither side feels comfortable with the term 'G2', and it also doesn't want to be the one where you're skirmishing over issues all of the time, but one where China is engaged, the US is engaged, you have good bilateral relations, and you have a situation where third countries like Singapore can be friends with both. And so far, we have managed to be friends with both."

    Mr Lee noted that there were important shared interests between the US and China, in areas like trade, links between people, and financial investments. These shared interests are powerful incentives for the two countries to work together in a constructive manner, he said.


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    Default StarHub inks sponsorship deal with Sports Hub and WTA

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    POSTED: 17 Jul 2014 22:24
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    The Sports Hub said the partnership will help it to build a platform to grow the local sports ecosystem, and allow it to host both local and global sporting events.

    L to R: Singapore Sports Hub CEO Philippe Collin Delavaud, StarHub CEO Tan Tong Hai, WTA Finals Tournament Director Melissa Pine, and World Sport Group’s Senior Vice-President for Global Partnerships Adrian Staiti (Photo: StarHub)




    SINGAPORE: StarHub announced on Thursday (July 17) that it has signed a sponsorship deal with the Singapore Sports Hub and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). It has been appointed Founding Partner and the Official Telecommunications Partner of the Sports Hub, the Official Broadcaster Partner of the BNP Paribas WTA Tour, and the Official Telecommunications Partner for the Finals in Singapore this October.

    The pay-TV operator will broadcast 'live' the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore on its SuperSports Arena channel, as well as on its other multimedia platforms. Even if you don't subscribe to StarHub, you can watch the matches for free - simply by tuning your TV sets to the 76.25 megahertz frequency.

    StarHub also gained branding rights to the National Stadium's South West Gate Entrance, as well as a 30-seat corporate hospitality suite.

    The Sports Hub said the partnership will help it to build a platform to grow the local sports ecosystem, and allow it to host both local and global sporting events.

    "If we can expose, if we can host local sports at the Sports Hub, everyone will benefit because without local sports, you cannot get big, international sports," says Mr Philippe Delevaud, CEO, Singapore Sports Hub.

    "It's very important to be able to host in good economic conditions, to deliver a good customer experience for local sports, too."


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    Default Artefacts from Bukit Brown graves go on display

    Items retrieved offer a glimpse of Singapore's history and traditions


    Published on Jul 19, 2014 8:07 AM



    Underground chambers that contained coffins and their remains were discovered during the documentation of the Bukit Brown graves. They were designed to protect the integrity of the coffins. -- PHOTO: BUKIT BROWN DOCUMENTATION TEAM

    - PHOTO: BUKIT BROWN DOCUMENTATION TEAM



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    Iseas senior fellow Hui Yew-Foong (left) holding a ceramic pot and National Heritage Board group director for policy Alvin Tan with a miniature vessel. Behind them is the Total Abstinence medal. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN



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    Certificates and receipts regarding burials and the lease of burial plots in Bukit Brown Cemetery. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

    By Janice Tai

    More than 2,000 artefacts have been unearthed from Bukit Brown Cemetery since last year and a selection of these will go on display from today.

    The items were retrieved from the more than 3,000 graves that have been exhumed since late last year to make way for a new road. The 233ha cemetery is home to nearly 100,000 graves.

    Common objects dug out include miniature clay and porcelain vessels, replicas of cookware for use in the afterlife and accessories, such as jade and silver bangles, hairpins, as well as brooches used by Peranakan women to fasten their sarong kebaya.

    The cemetery, which houses Singapore's oldest graves, has been held up for its rich biodiversity, cultural traditions and the unique architecture of its tombs. It also tells the story of Singapore's migrant history, with many prominent pioneers buried there.


    Background story

    Some artefacts on display\

    Urn with lion head ornaments


    This urn was used to re-inter bones exhumed from an older cemetery. It was from the grave of Madam Khoo Siok Hui, who died in 1836. Her grave was the oldest among those documented at Bukit Brown.

    Madam Khoo and her son Chee Yam Chuan were among the early settlers of Singapore. Mr Chee later returned to Malacca and made his fortune in tin mining in Selangor.

    Today, the Chee Yam Chuan Temple Trust continues to flourish in Malacca and Madam Khoo's ancestral tablet can be found in the temple. The story behind this family shows the close links between Malacca and Singapore in the early years.

    Total Abstinence Medal (India)


    The medal was awarded by the Total Abstinence Association if one abstained from alcohol for a period of time. This was found in the grave of Mr Khoo Seok Wan, a Chinese scholar and a prolific literary figure in early Singapore with at least 1,400 published poems.

    He was a progressive man who supported education for local girls and contributed half of the funds for the founding of the Singapore Chinese Girls' School in 1899.
    For a literatus like him to have an item linked to the British among his personal effects showed the cultural openness of the Chinese elite then.

    Certificates and receipts

    The documents show that the price of each burial plot in 1941 was still $50, as stipulated in the by-laws of the cemetery in 1921. Likewise, the cost of burial was still $15.

    The documents were loaned by the family of Mr Kuah Thye Chor. Mr Kuah, whose grave is in Bukit Brown, was a leader in the hardware store business.

    The documents also give a glimpse into the social welfare system then. The poor who could not afford to buy burial land could still bury their dead in smaller plots of land in a part of the cemetery called "Paupers' Division".
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    Flashback Friday: Precursor to Cathay Organisation set up on July 18, 1935


    Published on Jul 18, 2014 3:33 PM

    The Cathay building, Singapore's first skyscraper, at Dhoby Ghaut, reopened after the $100 million makeover. The film conglomerate Singaporeans now know as the Cathay Organisation was set up on July 18, 1935. - PHOTO: ST FILE





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    Opening of the Cathay Hotel. Mr Loke Wan Tho (second from left), head of the Cathay Organisation, celebrating the occasion with a cocktail party. The film conglomerate Singaporeans now know as the Cathay Organisation was set up on July 18, 1935. -- PHOTO: ST FILE




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    Cathay Building is seen here decorated with lights to celebrate a royal event in colonial Singapore. -- PHOTO: ST FILE




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    Cathay Building and Cathay Hotel, Singapore, in the 1960s. The film conglomerate Singaporeans now know as the Cathay Organisation was set up on July 18, 1935. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

    By Amanda See

    SINGAPORE - The film conglomerate Singaporeans now know as the Cathay Organisation was set up on July 18, 1935.

    Founded by Dato Loke Wan Tho and his mother, Mrs Loke Cheng Kim, as Associated Theatres, it opened its first cinema in Kuala Lumpur, a 1,200-seater called the Pavilion.

    Dato Loke, the son of self-made China business magnate Loke Yew, saw the potential for the film business in Singapore, and opened the landmark Cathay Cinema in Dhoby Ghaut on Oct 3, 1939.

    Designed by British architect Frank Brewer, the original Cathay Building marked two firsts here. It had the first air-conditioned cinema in Singapore; and it was the first and tallest high-rise building not only in Singapore but also in South-east Asia, reaching a height of 79.5m.

    It was also used as a landmark by pilots as a final approach before landing.

    The first movie to be screened there was the 1939 Technicolor adventure film called The Four Feathers, starring C. Aubrey Smith. In 1942, The Cathay Building hosted wartime broadcasts which alerted Singaporeans to the Japanese invasion. During the war, the Japanese military propaganda and broadcasting arms used the building.

    After the Japanese Occupation, the 1,300-seat theatre was the first here to reopen for business.

    Associated Theatres was renamed Cathay Organisation in 1959.

    In 2000, the Cathay Building was closed for an overhaul. It reopened in 2006 as The Cathay, with its front facade preserved to its 1930s state and the rest of the building redeveloped.

    To commemorate the company's 80th anniversary next year, Cathay Organisation is starting production on a film.

    Touted as their first big-screen production in 15 years, the film will star Moses Lim and Michelle Chong, and is written by playwright Michael Chiang.
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    The Cathay building, Singapore's first skyscraper, at Dhoby Ghaut, reopened after the $100 million makeover. The film conglomerate Singaporeans now know as the Cathay Organisation was set up on July 18, 1935. - PHOTO: ST FILE


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    HDB launches 3,841 flats for sale under July BTO exercise

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    By Amelia Tan

    The Housing Board launched 3,841 flats for sale on Saturday, in six Build-To-Order (BTO) projects.

    The flats will be built in Punggol, Toa Payoh, Sembawang and Yishun. There will be two to five-room flats and larger three-generation or 3Gen flats for extended families.

    Applications are open now and will close on July 25.
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