Week 46: 11 Nov to 17 Nov

11 November

Singapore Thoracic Society was inaugrated on 11 November 1974. The aims of the Society is to advance the knowledge and practice of Thoracic Medicine; to promote research in Thoracic Medicine; to promote regional and international co-operation in Thoracic Medicine; to acquire and publish literature and scientific works in Thoracic Medicine; to organise clinical meetings, seminars, conventions and all such acts and things incidental or subsidiary to all or any of the above.

Singapore Changi Airport became the first airport outside Europe to welcome the Airbus A380 when the super jumbo double-decker aircraft arrived in Singapore at 1000 hours on 11 November 2005 for airport compatibility verification tests. Changi is also the first airport where the inaugural A380 commercial flight will take-off in 2006.

China offers a 10-year loan of two giant pandas to Singapore on 11 November 2009.


12 November

Sang Nila Utama Secondary School saw the visit of several dignitaries, including the Raja Permaisuri Agong who visited the school on 12 November 1963. The visit was an indication of Malaysia’s recognition of the school during the merger between Singapore and Malaysia. In 1967, the school was visited by Lee Kuan Yew, then the Prime Minister of Singapore.

Deng Xiaoping (then Senior Vice-Premier of the People's Republic of China) visits Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore on 12 November 1978. Deng and his 36-member delegation were met at the Paya Lebar airport by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his cabinet colleagues, including Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee, Foreign Minister S. Rajaratnam and Finance Minister Hon Sui Sen.

On 12 November 1996, we celebrated the 130th anniversary of Dr Sun Yat Sen's birth at the Sun Yat Sen villa in Singapore. Brigadier-General (NS) George Yeo was the guest-of-honour. In his speech during the celebration, BG Yeo stated, "the conservation of the Wan Qing Yuan is a very important cultural project for Chinese Singaporeans. The 1911 Chinese Revolution is a very important part of our cultural history which we must never forget. This building should therefore be preserved as a cultural shrine for all ethnic Chinese Singaporeans. It will also be of great interest to non-Chinese Singaporeans and others in the world."


13 November

On 13 November 1974, the Singapore Zoological Gardens, officially opened just 18 months earlier, received its one millionth visitor.

Curtin Singapore was officially opened on 13 November 2008 by Singapore's Senior Minister of State for trade and industry, S.Iswaran and by the Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Doug Chester. Curtin Singapore is the second off-shore campus of Australia's Curtin University.

A cleaner at the Singapore Zoo who jumped into the white tiger enclosure on 13 November 2008 was killed by the animals as a horrified crowd looked on helplessly. This incident was the first time a person had been killed by an animal at the zoo since it opened in 1973.


14 November

The Singapore Clock & Watch Trade Association (SCWTA) was founded in 1929 with its former name being ‘Keng Shi Hong’(敬时行). The aim of the Association is to foster better relationship between employers and employees under a single entity, a distinct feature during those times when employers and their staff formed different organizations. During the 1960s, as the Singapore economy expanded, the trade gradually became one of Singapore economy’s main import/export industries. As the economy flourished, the Association also welcomed more members. At the requests of its members to keep up with the times, the Association decided to purchase its own premise at 56 Waterloo Street in 1964-65. At its 36th Anniversary, the Association invited the then Minister of Finance, Mr Lim Kim San to officiate the opening ceremony of the new Association premise on 14 November 1965. The Association also renamed itself to its present name - Singapore Clock & Watch Trade Association.

On 14 November 1987, construction of SAFTI Military Institute was publicly announced by BG Lee Hsien Loong at the Tri-Service Commissioning Parade at OCS (Pasir Laba Camp).

Azman Abdullah is famed as the first Singaporean to be crowned the winner in the middleweight class at the World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships on 14 November 1993. The two-time winner of the Sportsman of the Year award – in 1993 and 1994 – trounced fellow competitors from 51 other countries at the competition held in Seoul, Korea.

The Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP) is Singapore’s first bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) signed with an individual country. Concluded on 14 November 2000, the FTA was signed by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and then New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in Singapore.


15 November

The Cenotaph was unveiled on 31 March 1922 by the Prince of Whales, it was built to commemorate the 124 men who left the Straits Settlements, never to return from the war in Europe (1914 - 1918). Denis Santry of Swan and Maclaren designed the Cenotaph and Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard, laid the foundation stone on 15 November 1920. By 1951, a dedication was made on the other side of the Cenotaph, to commemorate those who died during the Second World War.

Following the establishment of the National Sports Promotion Board (NSPB), the government set up the Singapore Stadium Corporation (SSC) on 15 November 1971 to oversee the construction of the National Stadium and to manage the stadium after it was completed (Singapore Sports Council, [SSC], 1973, p. 5). The government initially wanted the NSPB to be responsible for the National Stadium. However, since the NSPB was preoccupied with the task of promoting and developing sports standards and popularity in Singapore, the government considered that a separate body was needed to ensure that the National Stadium was efficiently managed.

The British Club was founded to meet the needs of the British community, the Club is also a favourite retreat for over 30 other nationalities and Singaporeans who together form nearly half the membership. Registered in January 1983, it took a further three years to complete our clubhouse which was officially opened on 15 November 1987 by HRH Princess Anne.


16 November

The Clementi Bus Interchange was opened on 16 November 1980 by Chor Yeok Eng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Member of Parliament for Bukit Timah. The old interchange consisted of one long covered walkway with queue railings and berths at the side of the road, leading many people to call it a "roadside bus terminal" resembling that of the 1970s. This is especially so as the interchange is very small and cramped, and floods sometimes when it is rainy. However, the government has announced plans to redevelop the interchange and its surroundings. The '16 November 1980' interchange has been demolished to make way for a new air conditioned bus interchange and shopping complex, and ceased operations on 29 October 2006. The new Clementi bus interchange opened on 26 November 2011.

Transit Link Pte Ltd was incorporated on 16 November 1987 and became a subsidiary of the Land Transport Authority on 30 April 2010. TransitLink is the transit merchant acquirer for Singapore's public transport system. It processes transit transactions and apportions revenue to the Public Transport Operators. In addition, it acts as an agent for card managers, providing card sales, refunds and replacements. As a master load agent, TransitLink provides transit top-up services for all card managers in Singapore.

The Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS) was officially launched on 16 November 2000. It was previously the Centre for Tourism-Related Studies (CTRS) established in 1987. TMIS is a 100% owned subsidiary of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS).

Rochor Centre was built and completed in 1977 and consists of 4 blocks painted yellow, green, red and blue. On 16 November 2011, the Land Transport Authority and Singapore Land Authority announced that Rochor Centre would be demolished in September 2016 to make way for the construction of the North-South Expressway.


17 November

Mitsubishi, which means three diamonds is synonymous with a diverse group of companies engaging in wide spectrum of business activities. Incorporated on 17 November 1955 in Singapore, they are a branch office of Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo which is one of the largest and most diverse enterprise in the world over 200 bases of operations in approximately 80 countries worldwide and a network of over 500 group companies and a multinational workforce of nearly 60,000 people. In Singapore, MC Singapore Branch as well as 9 subsidiary companies are promoting business in the domestic market and the region. Generally classified as a trading company, their operation extends beyond this classification to include activities in manufacturing, distribution, retailing, financing and many others.

Cathay Building, located at the foot of Mount Sophia, was once the tallest building in Singapore. It used to house the popular Cathay Cinema as well as the famous Cathay Hotel and Cathay Restaurant. The cinema was opened in 1939 while the main tower was completed in 1941. During World War II, the building served as the “brain centre” for the colonial government, functioning similarly for the Japanese forces during the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945). A new building extension was later added next to Cathay Building. It housed a restaurant and a small cinema called Picturehouse which specialised in art films. The new cinema was opened on 17 November 1990, with an initial ticket charge of $6 per person. On 10 February 2003, it was gazetted as a national monument of Singapore.

The Cabinet 2001 (as of 23 November 2001) was announced by Goh Chok Tong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, on Saturday, 17 November 2001. The swearing-in ceremony was held in the presence of Nathan, S. R., the President of Singapore, on 23 November 2001 at the State Room, Istana. The 2001 cabinet line-up also saw the appointment of five new first-term Members of Parliament as Ministers of State. They included Vivian Balakrishnan (Dr), Cedric Foo, Ng Eng Hen (Dr), Raymond Lim and Balaji Sadasivan (Dr). Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Khaw Boon Wan were the other two "recruits" appointed to Senior Minister of State ranking.