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    Default Night Safari celebrates birth of 2 clouded leopards

    Jun 30, 2011




    The clouded leopard is an endangered wild cat and the cubs were born to father Tawan and mother Wandee, a pair that arrived from a Thai zoo two years ago. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE NIGHT SAFARI

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    THE Night Safari recently celebrated the birth of two clouded leopard cubs.
    The clouded leopard is an endangered wild cat and the cubs were born to father Tawan and mother Wandee, a pair that arrived from a Thai zoo two years ago.

    Breeding clouded leopards in captivity is a mammoth task and the Night Safari undertook various measures to ensure a successful result. These included introducing Tawan and Wandee at an early age, to promote bonding and lessen aggression.

    Males and females are generally aggressive towards one another and in certain instances, females are known to die during mating in the wild.

    Wild populations of the clouded leopard are fast declining as illegal wildlife traders poach them for their skin and bones. There are currently fewer than 10,000 mature individuals in the wild.

    Take a look at the rewards of the Night Safari's successful breeding of Asian lions, elephants, giraffes, Markhors, Tahrs and Malayan bearded pigs:

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    Jun 30, 2011

    149 soars despite less flying time


    149 Squadron pilots clocked only about 700 hours in their F-15SG jets, but hard work made up for it. -- ST PHOTO: TERENCE TAN


    THE pilots of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) 149 Squadron have clocked at most 700 hours in their F-15SG jets - little compared with the 1,500 hours their colleagues have done in their F-16s or F-5s.

    But hard work and training more than made up for the shortfall, powering 149 ahead of four other squadrons to the Best Fighter Squadron award. It was judged the best in air-to-air missions and logistics readiness, physical fitness, safety practices and administrative efficiency.

    The win is all the sweeter when one considers that 149 Squadron began operating at Paya Lebar Air Base only from April last year, when the first F-15SGs flew back here for good from their previous training base in Idaho in the United States. A number of F-15SGs are still based there.

    Pilot Yip Chuang Syn, 33, said the relatively short flying experience had not deterred anyone from wanting to do well.

    The focus and drive the 110 men and women in 149 Squadron show justifies their being named the Shikras, a small and aggressive species of hawk.

    The squadron has won the Best Squadron title five times since its formation in 1985, but those titles came when it flew the F-5S/T Tiger, which is likely to be decommissioned eventually. The F-15SGs now used are regarded as the world's best air-to-air and air-to-ground fighters.

    Read the full report in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default Saf awards: Best ship

    Jun 30, 2011

    RSS Chieftain surfaces as No. 1 vessel

    Submarine beats some 30 other RSN vessels to accolade

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    The RSS Chieftain (pictured) won best ship in the SAF Best Unit Competition (BUC) 2011, the first submarine to do so. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN


    THE RSS Chieftain has been named 'Best Ship' in the Singapore Armed Forces' annual competition to honour the best units across its three services.

    By putting in a sterling performance last year, the submarine's 28-man crew beat some 30 other vessels - including stealth frigates and missile corvettes of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) - to the accolade.

    The vessel, one of Singapore's first four Challenger-class submarines bought in 1995, is steered by regulars aged 21 to 40, and with between a few months and 11 years' experience.

    Like other entrants in the 'Best Ship' competition, the crew members were judged on operations and administration, including their physical fitness, proficiency in the engineering, gunnery, communications and other on-board systems.

    In the run-up to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Day tomorrow, other top performing units of the army and air force have also been chosen. They will receive their awards from President S R Nathan and Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen tomorrow.

    The commanding officer of the RSS Chieftain, Lieutenant-Colonel Eddie Tan, paid tribute to his crew for always doing more than the minimum: 'My crew members do not ask what is the minimum standard, then just meet those standards. We want to excel and do our best, go beyond what is required to improve.'

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    Default Best combat unit

    Jun 30, 2011

    8th straight win for Red Berets

    By Danson Cheong




    149 Squadron pilots clocked only about 700 hours in their F-15SG jets, but hard work made up for it. -- ST PHOTO: TERENCE TAN


    THE Red Berets have done it again.

    The 1st Commando Battalion has won the Singapore Armed Forces' Best Combat Unit competition for the eighth year running.

    Since the competition was introduced in 1969, the commandos have chalked up an unrivalled 25 wins. The last time they failed to take the top spot was in 2003, when the 1st Guards Battalion clinched the honours.

    That year, the commandos were barred after being found guilty of doctoring storekeeping records and fitness test results.

    The annual competition grades SAF units on criteria such as battle readiness, physical fitness, marksmanship and safety.

    The battalion's commanding officer, Major Pang Chee Kong, 35, praised his men's efforts.

    Read the full report in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default Youth Award winners took the road less travelled

    Jun 30, 2011

    By Leow Si Wan




    L-R: Darius Cheung, Dr Teo Yik Ying, Boo Jun Feng and team of two from Touch Cyberwellness team. Recipients of Singapore Youth Award 2011. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN


    AT FIRST sight,the four individual winners of this year's Singapore Youth Award could not be more different.

    But the filmmaker, entrepreneur, scientist and youth community leader share one thing in common. All eschewed conventional paths to success and dared to follow their dreams. They will be presented with the awards at the Istana by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Sunday. A team of 12 youth workers will jointly receive the award.

    Started in 1975, it is Singapore's highest accolade for under 35s who have made significant contributions to society and excelled in areas such as the arts, entrepreneurship and science.

    This year's individual winners are filmmaker Boo Junfeng, entrepreneur Darius Cheung, geneticist Teo Yik Ying and youth community leader Terence Chia.

    Edward D'Silva, the chairman of the Singapore Youth Award panel, said: 'These young Singaporeans have not only excelled in these categories but have also contributed to the community.'

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    Default National Day Parade stage set a 'box of tricks'

    Jun 30, 2011

    By Huang Lijie




    Dubbed the Cube, it is a three-dimensional lattice of smaller cubic spaces. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


    DO NOT be deceived by its simple appearance.

    The key stage set for this year's National Day Parade (NDP) is a seven-storey steel cube but, come showtime, it will transform to reveal hidden surprises such as performers and props.
    Dubbed the Cube, it is a three-dimensional lattice of smaller cubic spaces.

    Twenty-three of these spaces are fitted with mobile units that hold performers. They are rotated manually during show-and-dance segments to unveil performers.

    When closed, the walls of the units double as a surface for multimedia projections.

    The Cube can accommodate the weight of up to 300 performers and, as a safety precaution, performers on it will have safety harnesses.

    Read the full report in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default Singapore Airlines to lease 15 new planes

    Jun 30, 2011

    By Karamjit Kaur




    Singapore Airlines (SIA) is growing its fleet with 15 new Airbus 330 aircraft that will be delivered between 2013 and 2015. -- ST PHOTO" MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN


    SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) is growing its fleet with 15 new Airbus 330 aircraft that will be delivered between 2013 and 2015.

    The new twin-aisle jets will be operated on routes within Asia as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East, SIA said in an announcement on Wednesday.

    The new aircraft will be leased for a minimum of six years, with an option to extend the lease term. They will join 19 other A330-300s already in service.

    SIA chief executive officer Goh Choon Phong said: 'The A330s will enable us to add more capacity on regional and medium range routes and further strengthen SIA's network offering.'

    Together with the additional Airbus 380 superjumbos that SIA will take delivery of this year, as well as Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s on order for the years ahead, the lease of the A330s is consistent with SIA's longstanding policy of operating a young and modern fleet, Mr Goh said.

    The new A330-300s will be configured in a two-class layout with business and economy seats.

    The 15 A330s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. In a separate statement, the British global power systems company said it had won a $1 billion order from SIA to supply as well as maintain the engines for the 15 new aircraft.

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    Default SGX to scrape trading lunch break from Aug 1

    By Julie Quek | Posted: 30 June 2011 1212 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Exchange (SGX) said the Singapore securities market will drop its 90-minute lunch break starting August 1.

    This is to help investors respond to regional market movements and news flow.

    SGX had delayed the rollout of this move twice.

    It had been pushing for continuous trading from between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

    This would make the local bourse more competitive with its Asian rivals, including the Hong Kong stock exchange, which expanded its trading hours earlier this year.

    In Asia, Korea Exchange, India's National Stock Exchange and Australian Securities Exchange already trade without breaking for lunch.

    Other international exchanges such as New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and London Stock Exchange operate continuous trading sessions while the Tokyo Stock Exchange plans to increase its trading hours to attract more investors.

    "Continuous all-day trading will offer all investors more opportunities to trade and manage their risks," said SGX CEO Magnus Bocker.

    He added by embracing trading hours which are aligned with those of other key markets, Singapore will make further progress as an international financial hub.

    At present, trading in Singapore is halted for a 90-minute lunch break.

    The exchange had proposed to scrap the break from March 1 but it delayed the move because it needed regulatory approval for the change, and it also wanted to give the market more time to adapt.

    The proposal to do away with the lunch break was welcomed Mr David Gerald, who is the president of the Securities Investors Association of Singapore.

    "Continuous trading will give investors the ability to respond to regional market movements, and flexibility to execute orders any time during the trading day," said Mr Gerald.

    Brokerages will make arrangements to execute customer orders, including using central dealing desks or appointing back-up trading representatives.

    Investors will also be able to use on-line Internet-based trading services to directly execute their orders.

    - CNA/fa

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    Default Microsoft launches cloud office solutions in Singapore

    By Rachel Kelly | Posted: 29 June 2011 2233 hrs

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    SINGAPORE : The computer software market in Singapore is expected to grow at a rate of almost 40 per cent a year until 2014.

    And according to Frost & Sullivan, that's when the industry is expected to reach US$274 million (S$338 million), from US$75 million in 2010.

    With such growth on the cards, Singapore's telcos are tying up with global partners for a slice of the pie.

    On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Office 365 cloud office solutions in Singapore.

    And local telco StarHub has partnered the software giant.

    The small and medium sized enterprises (SME) sector is a largely untapped market for the online arena, and analysts and industry players said this is where the growth is at.

    StarHub has been appointed as Microsofts' syndication partner for the SME market.

    Tan Tong Hai, StarHub's Chief Operating Officer said: "I think it is going to cement our relationship with the customer; it is not going to be just access services. We are moving to offer cloud services so we can relate better to the customers, especially their business application. So (for a) start, it's the office productivity suite - but we are looking beyond that to give business application too."

    Rival telco SingTel said it aims to grow its cloud services with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) by around 70 per cent annually over the next three years.

    It provides offerings such as the OneOffice cloud solution, which is based on Google's technology.

    The telco said this offers SMEs savings of up to 90 per cent on their infocomm technology costs.

    M1 said it is looking to launch its own business cloud computing services in the second half of this year. It added that further information will be released in due course.

    So far around 500 businesses in Singapore have signed up for Microsoft Office 365 to tap into cloud office solutions, such as easy communication with colleague from around the globe, and working with documents while on the move.

    Cloud computing allows users to see and share files over the Internet via virtual servers.

    Jessica Tan, MD of Microsoft Singapore said: "Microsoft is definitely focused on providing cloud solutions; we are putting quite a bit of our assets into these cloud solutions. 95 per cent of all our engineering work and investments are into cloud solutions, so we do see this as a key part of our business."

    Frost & Sullivan added that as small businesses do not have large IT teams, the software as a service model is highly attractive for them, as it frees up time to focus on the core business.

    - CNA /ls

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    Default Fortis Bank to cease Asian operations on Thursday

    By Linette Lim | Posted: 29 June 2011 2108 hrs



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    SINGAPORE : Europe-based Fortis Bank, which has been in Singapore for more than 20 years, will cease its operations in Asia on Thursday.

    This comes as French bank BNP Paribas completes its acquisition of the beleaguered bank whose fortunes turned during the global financial crisis in 2008.

    The sale of Fortis' Asian business to BNP Paribas took more than two years to complete.

    Sources familiar with the matter said this was because of legal proceedings in Europe, where the sale of Fortis was repeatedly blocked by shareholders.

    "I don't think the disappearance of Fortis will be significantly felt," said Wong Sui Jau, general manager, Fundsupermart. "It was rather small to begin with and its brand recognition wasn't as high compared to the bigger players."

    MediaCorp understood that there were no employee retrenchments in its Singapore office, as the staff had either left the bank voluntarily or had been absorbed into BNP Paribas.

    Fortis, which had some 400 employees in Singapore, was involved mainly in providing banking services for the commodities and shipping sectors, as well as private banking.

    It is also understood that there would be no significant impact on its customers as their consent had been sought for their accounts to be transferred to BNP Paribas.

    When contacted by MediaCorp for more details on the matter, BNP Paribas in Singapore declined comment.

    Fortis went into trouble during the financial crisis due to its exposure to US structured credit. It was subsequently split up and nationalised by the Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg governments.

    Fortis in Netherlands was merged with ABN Amro, while the Belgian government sold it to BNP Paribas.

    Market observers here said the turn of events is standard fare in the industry.

    "I'm not surprised," said Roger Tan, head of research, SIAS Research. "The banking industry is very competitive, and mergers and acquisitions are common."

    - CNA/al

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    They are off to Italy with Fandi ...



    by Ian De Cotta
    04:45 AM Jun 30, 2011

    Singapore - After the good performances of the Singapore under-15s and under-16s at the recently concluded Canon Lion City Cup, the Football Association of Singapore are working on overseas assignments and player attachments for the two junior sides.

    At the same time, the Singapore Sports School are working on sending their students, under-15 star Adam Swandi and Hanafi Akbar, the creative force of the under-16s, to top European football academies.

    Yesterday, MediaCorp learnt that three players from the Singapore under-17 squad will be shipped out to Italy for a five-month training stint next month.

    Midfielders Syahiran Miswan, Samuel Benjamin and Daniel Tan Farhan earned their tickets during trials for young footballers studying at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), universities and polytechnics over the last four months.

    The trials were conducted by former Singapore star Fandi Ahmad, who works for Italy's Genova International School of Soccer (GISS) and is also a scout for Serie B club Vicenza Calcio.

    The trio of ITE students only joined the Singapore under-17s earlier this year to compete in the 10-team prime league.

    Former international Saswadimata Dasuki is the coach of the under-17s and he said: "It can only be good for them if they return better players after training in Italy. In fact, there are some more of my players who are talented and if they also have the chance to go overseas, it will be good for Singapore football in the long run."

    Speaking to MediaCorp after watching Syahiran, Samuel and Daniel play in a friendly match at ITE Macpherson yesterday, Fandi revealed he will fly to Italy with them on July 19.

    "They will train with both GISS and Vicenza coaches every morning and evening. This kind of exposure is good for them because playing and training with bigger-built boys will increase their confidence. This is just a start but over the long term, we have quite a few things in mind to help them build their football career," said Fandi.








    From left: Samuel, Syahiran and Daniel will be in Italy for five months to hone their skills. Photo by IAN DE COTTA

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    Default Opening ceremony will be quite unlike 1983 version

    by Philip Goh Haw Hann
    04:45 AM Jun 30, 2011

    SINGAPORE - It has been 28 years since Singapore became the first Asian city to host netball's main event. In 1983, the netball world championships featured 14 countries and the games were played at the National University of Singapore's grass courts.

    The programme for the opening ceremony of the Mission Foods Netball World Championships 2011 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday will reflect the changes the Republic has undergone over the years.

    The ceremony's creative director, Mark Richmond, has put together a 90-minute video that will warmly welcome all 16 participating nations to the Lion City and also showcase Singapore's energy and its aspirations, including in netball.

    It will follow the ups and downs in the journey of a teenager named Julia who dreams of being the player who makes the winning shot for the world championship.

    The Australians were crowned world champions in 1983 and they enter this year's tournament as defending champions. They are favourites this year, alongside arch-rivals New Zealand.

    Teams have been divided into four pools of four, and all matches will be played at the Indoor Stadium. Hosts Singapore and Botswana will be the first two teams in action when they do battle in Pool C at 7pm on Sunday, hours after the opening ceremony.

    Netball Singapore's executive director Cyrus Medora, missed the full rehearsal but has seen bits of the opening ceremony.

    "It looks fantastic. Mark Richmond has been very creative in putting the show together and I'm looking forward to seeing it in its entirety."

    He won't be playing, of course, but Richmond will be one of the stars under pressure on Sunday. He said: "I hope the opening ceremony will leave an inspiring mark in the minds of the youth to take up the sport and continue its growth as Singapore grows as a sporting republic."












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    Default Wong cracks SEA Games qualifying mark

    He is aiming for a 10th gold in Indonesia, as Tang gives SAA management 'A' after one year on the job




    by Tan Yo-Hinn
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    SINGAPORE - Hungry and fatigued, national discus thrower James Wong downed two half-boiled eggs, washed down with an iced tea.

    It worked a treat, as 45 minutes later, at a specially-arranged trial at Nanyang Polytechnic, the discus thrower pulled off a distance of 52.15m to meet the 'A' qualifying mark of 52.05m for this year's SEA Games.

    It kept alive the 42-year-old's hopes of a ninth discus gold, and 10th overall - Wong also owns a hammer gold from the 1997 Games - at this year's SEA Games, which is scheduled in Jakarta and Palembang from November 11 to 22.

    Wong's result coincided with the one-year mark of Tang Weng Fei's second reign as president of the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA). Tang was also president of the association for one term from 2004-06.

    The SAA's annual general meeting was held last night at the Singapore Sports School, and Tang gave his management committee a high mark for their performance after their first year in office.

    "Because of all the problems the SAA used to have, I'd grade the team an 'A', because like Loh Lin Kok (his predecessor) said, it was a mammoth task ahead of us, and we managed to overcome all that," said Tang, after the two-hour meeting.

    "When he (Loh) said that, we wanted to prove to the previous management ... (although) he was trying to encourage us to move forward."

    Describing the handover process from the previous team last year as "lackadaisical", Tang told some 50-odd member affiliates that his team had managed to, among others, complete an internal audit as required by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and submit their multi-year sports plan for 2010 to 2014.

    That allowed the SSC to remit around S$495,000 in February to the SAA, who also received approximately S$900,000 from the SSC for the current fiscal year.

    Overall, their cash reserves at the end of the last fiscal year was about S$765,000 - a jump of some S$80,000. The national sports association also secured a S$100,000 sponsorship from Sun Investment Pte Ltd for the inaugural Singapore under-23 Athletics Open, which was held over the weekend.

    The SAA need S$1.3 million annually to operate and Tang, an oil trader, believes they are financially sound for the next three years.

    Singapore track and field also enjoyed a recent run of encouraging results, including a best-ever performance from the youngsters at the 6th South-east Asia Junior Athletics Championship in Jakarta earlier this month, where they won four gold, three silver and five bronze medals.

    Eight athletes, including national under-18 400m record holder Ng Chin Hui, 17, have qualified for next month's World Youth Championship in Lille, France.

    "It all augurs well for athletics in Singapore. They are rough diamonds who need to be polished," said Tang.

    For this year's SEA Games, the SSC have set the SAA a target of six medals. Tang has set his own target of at least three golds - likely to come from Zhang Guirong (women's discus), Mok Ying Ren (marathon) and Wong.

    Wong, the defending champion when he threw a distance of 53.60m at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, can now work towards a gold, after finally achieving success on his fifth attempt yesterday. He let out a bloodcurdling scream when he was told he had hit a distance 52.15m.

    Said Wong: "Qualifying is the most important. Now that I've qualified, I need to work smart and train hard to hopefully push up to 53m or 54m, I think that should do the job."
















    Singapore Athletic Association president Tang Weng Fei has given his management committee a rating of 'A' following the problems faced by the association in the past. Photo by TAN YO-HINN

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    Default Past, present and future Singapore in a Cube

    By Chitra Kumar, channelnewsasia.com | Posted: 29 June 2011 1859 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: What's a birthday without a little song and even a dance?

    So, as Singaporeans return to the Marina Bay floating platform on August 9 to celebrate the nation's 46th birthday, celebrations will focus on a seven-storey high musical box called The Cube.

    The giant, 200 ton Rubik's cube of sorts with several mobile rotatable cubes on each level, large size drawers and moveable panels that serve as projection screens for digital effects, draws inspiration from the musical theme for this year's show segment.

    Revealing details of the main highlight of the show segment of the National Day Parade, Lieutenant-Colonel Ng Boon Teck, chairman of the infrastructure and decoration committee of NDP 2011, said the cube-like structure that will stand on the left hand of the asymmetrical stage set, was designed and built to complement the Marina Bay skyline backdrop.

    "This new stage will captivate the audience and enhance the overall NDP experience. The Cube is a wonderful thing to bring to the audience" said Lieutenant-Colonel Ng.

    According to the organising committee of this year's NDP, it took a team of Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) engineers less than two months to put the mammoth structure together.

    "To break away from the usual stage backdrop and with a scale of our city, we needed something pretty massive" said NDP 2011 stage designer Randy Chan.

    "Being on a floating platform, there were issues like where to hide the props and how animate the set and The Cube allows these" added the architect by training who helped design the NDP 2004 and 2008 stage as well as the one used for the 2010's Youth Olympic Games.

    The Cube comprises seven drawers of various sizes at the base, and each will open to unveil hidden props that will support the different acts.

    Incorporated into the various acts will be performers who will be secured by harness ropes to 23 mobile rotatable cubes that run from the second to the fifth level.

    Each cube measures 2.6 metres in width and depth by 2.8 metres in height, about one and a half times the height of an average person.

    Yet, most amazing of all, in spite its size it will require only two men to manually move the cube quickly in tandem with the music, thanks to the part manual, part mechanical pivot mechanisms built into it.

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    Default S'poreans bid Tanjong Pagar Railway Station farewell

    Jul 1, 2011




    Crowds thronged the inside of the KTM Tanjong Pagar Keratapi Tanah Melayu railway station, which will be closing for good on 30 June 2011. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    MR SHAMSUL Bahari became somewhat of a celebrity on Thursday evening, as hundreds of visitors swamped the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on its last day of operations.

    The station manager, 43, who's worked at the station since 1996, was signing autographs for the people who came up to him bearing souvenirs -- from coffee mugs to PVC folders with images of the station imprinted on them. 'Must be more than 1,000 people already since this morning,' Mr Bahari said, smiling. 'No, my hands not tired yet!'
    Around the station, shutterbugs scattered themselves, adding to the sense of occasion, bulbs flashing at every corner of the 79-year-old KTM Railway Station. Music blared through stereos brought by visitors; necks craned behind iron grilles that separated the ticketing booth from the train platforms. On Friday, the land on which the station sits will revert to Singapore.

    Retired station manager Sukhairi Ahmad Junid, who arrived on the last incoming train at 6pm together with 40 other retired KTM staff, said he was sad to see the station stop operations. 'We worked here, we ate here, we were happy here,' said the 59-year-old.
    Visitors included also Mr Phill Seah, a tourism consultant in his 50s, who, like many others, said he came by out of curiosity. 'I just want to see what the fuss is about,' he said.

    University student Denise Chua, 20, who came with a group of 15 friends, described the final send-off was an event 'not to be missed'. She said: 'We want to be part of this history-making moment.'

    The last passenger train will leave the station at 10pm. The Sultan of Johor is expected to drive the final train into Malaysia at 11pm.


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    Jul 1, 2011




    Station manager Shamsul Bahari signs autographs for visitors to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on Thursday evening. -- ST PHOTO: YEN FENG


    STATION manager Shamsul Bahari signs autographs for visitors to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on Thursday evening.

    The last train is scheduled to depart at 10pm.

    It's almost time to say goodbye...

    As the departure of the last train from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station draws near, Singaporeans are already mourning the loss of the iconic station. Here's what Singaporeans are saying on social media.

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    Default End of an era at Tanjong Pagar

    Jul 1, 2011

    IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
    PM Lee hails resolution of railway lands issue as last train pulls out of station

    By Zakir Hussain




    The crowd cheering and clicking away as an arriving train pulled into the Tanjong Pagar station last night. Later in the night, shortly after the last departing passenger train pulled out at 10pm, the Sultan of Johor joined KTM staff and a crowd of 2,000 people in bidding a sentimental farewell to the station. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

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    THE Sultan of Johor last night joined Malayan Railway (KTM) staff and a crowd of 2,000 people in a sentimental farewell to mark the closure of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

    With that came the end of an era in rail travel across Singapore. From today, the trains will start and end their journeys at Woodlands Train Checkpoint in the north, as part of an agreement the two governments reached last year.

    Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times.

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