Speakers' Corner

SpeakersSet up in Hong Lim Park on 1 September 2000, Speakers’ Corner is Singapore’s first and only outdoor venue where its citizens are permitted to give public speeches without the Public Entertainment Licence. In 2004, activities exempted from licensing requirements at the venue were expanded to include performances and exhibitions. Restrictions were further eased in 2008, when demonstrations organised by Singapore citizens were allowed to be held in Speakers’ Corner without police permit. Following the rule relaxation in 2008, Speakers’ Corner saw ...

Cable car tragedy at Sentosa

On 29 January 1983, seven people died when the Sentosa cable cars they were aboard plunged into the sea after the derrick of an oil-drilling vessel, Eniwetok, struck the cableway when it was unberthing from the wharf nearby. It was ...

First Road Courtesy Campaign

The Road Courtesy Campaign launched by then Deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye on 10 September 1966 is the first national campaign to try and instil more awareness of road safety in all road users. It marked the start of a sustained ...

Major music festivals in Singapore

Music festivals play an important role in developing audiences and Singapore’s music scene. Grouping music events into a festival results in an intense and exciting audience experience. Music festivals have been staged in Singapore ...

Communal riots of 1964

The communal riots of 1964 refer to two separate series of race riots involving clashes between Malays and Chinese that occurred in Singapore when it was part of the Federation of Malaysia. The first series of riots started on 21 July ...

Singapore Management University

Singapore Management UniversityThe Singapore Management University (SMU) was established on 12 January 2000 as the first American-style and also the first publicly funded autonomous university ...

Eu Tong Sen

Eu Tong Sen (b. 23 July 1877, Penang, Malaya –d. 11 May 1941, Hong Kong ) was a businessman and philanthropist who established his fortune in Malaya, and subsequently Hong Kong and southern China. The foundation of his business empire ...

Ong Pang Boon

Ong Pang Boon (b. 28 March 1929, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya–) was a politician and a prominent member of the People’s Action Party (PAP). He was appointed Minister for Home Affairs in the first Cabinet of Singapore following the party’s ...

Public Service Division

The Public Service Division (PSD) was established under the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on 3 January 1983 to serve as the central body dealing with matters relating to personnel management and career development in the civil service. ...

Nanyang University

Nanyang UniversityNanyang University was the first university outside of China catering to high school graduates from the Chinese stream. After five years of construction, it was ...

Jurong Town Corporation

Jurong Town CorporationThe Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) was set up on 1 June 1968 under the Jurong Town Corporation Act to take over from the Economic Development Board (EDB) as Singapore's ...