History

Baey Yam Keng: NHB to publish first edition of the Heritage Plan in early 2018
By Neyla Zannia Published on by Neyla Zannia 0

Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng spoke during Committee of Supply Debate on Thursday (9 March) that National Heritage Board (NHB) plans to publish the first edition of the Heritage Plan in early 2018, with an update every 5 years. Read More

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The need to reconsider how Singapore remembers WW2
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

By Vernon Chan Yes, the Syonan Gallery has been renamed to the less offensive and traumatising “Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies”. But have the professionals behind the formulating, marketing, chronicalising, and critiquing of Singapore history learnt from this episode? Should they seriously Read More

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Over 700 people commemorated 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore during WWII at Kranji War Memorial
By Neyla Zannia Published on by Neyla Zannia 0

More than 700 people, including members of the Singapore Armed Forces’ Veterans League, war veterans or former civilian internees and overseas WWII veteran associations such as the Malayan Volunteers Group and Australia’s 2/10th Field Regiment Association paid a two-minute silent tribute with heads bowed Read More

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Remembering the Fall of Singapore
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by Wong Chee Meng The naming of Syonan Gallery was a concern among participants of an evening talk held yesterday (15th February 2017) to mark the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. The talk at Nanyang Confucian Association, organised by Singapore’s World Read More

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Singapore Heritage Society asks Govt to reconsider demolition of historical building
By Martha Soezean Published on by Martha Soezean 0

The Singapore Government is planning to demolish a substantial part of the Ellison Building to make way for the North-South Highway; it will be rebuilt after the Highway is completed. The authorities described the decision as an “exceptional course of action” that is Read More

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Hobson’s Choice on the Singapore’s Merger
By Neyla Zannia Published on by Neyla Zannia 0

In Episode 42 of The History of Singapore podcast series by Historian Thum PingTjin, he talks about the illusion of choice given to Singaporeans – also known as the Hobson’s Choice – on deciding whether or not, Singapore should agree to a merger with Read More

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Why history matters to Singapore
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The following is the text of Dr PJ Thum’s remarks at the Singapore Theatre Festival’s Art and Life Session #03, “History, His Story, Whose Story?”, Sunday 24 July 2016. His fellow speakers were Tan Pin Pin, Sonny Liew, and Jason Soo, and the Read More

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“Riot squad brutally beats up a group of unarmed students on 13 May 1954” incident
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Many would recall the National Service riot in 1954 which was taught in Singapore history textbook. The official narrative goes about like this, “Singapore’s earliest attempt to introduce compulsory conscription in 1952 was vigorously resisted by the Chinese middle school students. On 13 May Read More

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The History of Singapore: IndoctriNation
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In the 17th episode of “The History of Singapore”, Dr Thum Ping Tjin explains why and how the British sought to transform Singapore’s Chinese into loyal English-speaking British subjects, and how this alienated and radicalised the Chinese-speaking community and sparking off the movement Read More

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