Gurkhas have their roots in Nepal. Those that have come to Southeast Asia were brought here as special soldiers on the payroll of colonial British masters. They have a reputation for their keen fighting skills and a loyalty to their masters. In Singapore, the Gurkhas represent a small community comprising about 3,000 men, women and children. On 9 April 1949, the Gurkha Contingent was formed as a part of the Singapore Police Force. They were made up of ex-British Army Gurkhas and replaced a Sikh Unit within the Police Force that had disintegrated during World War II. Major Scott Leathart was the contingent's first commanding officer. Besides having fought in the defence of Malaya during World War II, the Gurkhas proved themselves ready to defend whilst remaining neutral. This was evident during the racial riots of Maria Hertogh in 1950, the Hock Lee Bus Riots in 1955 and the 1958 riots by the Chinese High School. Gurkhas come to Singapore as young as age 18 and return to Nepal after 15 to 20 years of service. Whilst here, they reside at the Gurkha Cantonment, a self-contained community which has its own temple and schools. Built in the 1950s, the Cantonment or camp is located at Mount Vernon, off Upper Aljunied Road, and has remained closed to the public since its completion.

 


 

During the construction phase, the entire Singapore Flyer rim was completed on 9 April 2007. Singapore Flyer held its official opening on 15 April 2008. It welcomed 1.9 million visitors in 2008 as it celebrates its first birthday on 9 April 2009.

 


 

UNIQLO Tampines 1 Store, the first UNIQLO store in Singapore, opened on Thursday, 9 April 2009.

 


 

 

Tampines 1 is a shopping mall opened on 9 April 2009, construction began in March 2007 after the DBS Tampines Centre filled with Spotlight was demolished. It replaced the former DBS Tampines Centre and Pavilion Cineplex.