The "Sgt L A 'Peter' Chitty" Medal was awarded to Sgt Leslie Allan 'Peter' Chitty on 24 January 1943 in Changi Prisoner of War Camp, Singapore. The occasion was the Victoria versus 'The Rest' Australian Rules football game and the medallion represented the 'Brownlow Medal' for the Best and Fairest player in the preceding football series played in the camp over 9 months. Peter was born in Corryong, Victoria 1912. Peter enlisted in 1940. During 1941 to 1942, Chitty served in Malaya with the 2/2 MAC, undergoing numerous detachments to 2/9 Field Ambulance and 10 Australian General Hospital. He was posted as missing on 26 Mar 1942. It was not until 9 Jun 1943 that he was confirmed as a prisoner of war, although he did serve on the Burma-Thailand railway. During various long marches through the jungle under extremely difficult conditions L/Sgt Chitty set an outstanding example of unselfish conduct and courage continuously helping the sick by carrying their kits as well as his own and helping them along and constructing shelter for them when halted. Chitty was recovered from Changi POW Camp on 8 September 1945 and arrived in Sydney in October 1945. The reverse of the medallion is hallmarked with the marker's details and engraved '1943 Changi POW Brownlow Medal WON BY Sgt L A Chitty "BEST & FAIREST"'. IT was his proudest possession until he died.

 

(Source: www.singaporewombats.com/httpdocs/
changicertificate.pdf)

 



Masjid Malabar is Singapore's only Malabar Muslim mosque, located at the junction of Victoria Street and Jalan Sultan. The mosque was constructed in 1962. On 24 January 1963, Malabar Mosque was declared open by the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, Yusof Ishak. It continues to be the focal point of the Malabar Muslim community who gather there every Friday and on Hari Raya and other religious occasions for prayers and celebrations. This mosque was designed and built by A.H. Siddique.

 


 


Serangoon Road was awash in dazzling colours and lively music on 24 January 2016 as crowds of devotees and onlookers gathered for the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which featured "live" religious music for the first time in 42 years. Thaipusam is a thanksgiving festival that falls on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, and is a day for devotees to celebrate the fulfilment of their vows. Thaipusam was celebrated with a religious procession fthat began at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road and ended at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Tank Road. Live music had been banned due to concerns over unruly behaviour.