During the trials of Japanese war criminals, the world was shocked to hear of terrible atrocities committed by the Japanese in Singapore. The trials were witnessed by relatives of the victims from the United Kingdom, Australia and elsewhere including Singapore. 14 March 1946 was one of the days where the Japanese War Criminals were hanged at Changi Gaol.

 


 


 

Confrontation had tapered off. The British had begun withdrawing some of the troops thy had brought in to support the fight against Confrontation. Meanwhile Dr Goh Keng Swee, our first Minister of Defence, was moving the second reading of the National Service (Amendment) Bill in Parliament on 13 Mar 1967. It was finally passed by Parliament on 14 March 1967, making registration for NS for all males who had reached the age of 18 compulsory. This was the turning point in the lives of Singaporean males. Between 28 Mar and 18 Apr 1967, registration began in earnest at the Central Manpower Base (CMPB) and its district offices in Katong, Serangoon and Bukit Panjang. Pink reminder cards were sent by post to the first batch of citizens who were born between 1 Jan 1949 and 30 Jun 1949 - some 9,000 of them.

 


 

The Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) was launched in 2001 to provide lift access on every floor of older Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats. Flats built before 1990 were not designed for lifts to stop at every floor. In view of Singapore’s fast greying population, the government embarked on the LUP to hasten the process of lift upgrading in order to improve accessibility and mobility for the elderly. In response to the requests from the MPs and the recommendations by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Ageing Population to make homes and the environment more elder-friendly, then Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan announced in parliament on 14 March 2001 that the government would be implementing a stand-alone lift upgrading programme. The government estimated that it would take 15 years and S$4.8 billion to retrofit 4,000 HDB flats with new lifts and shafts.