After the war, Geylang Serai's population increased and the uninhabited areas were gradually occupied. In the 1950s, when the better off Chinese moved out of the area, more Malay people moved in and the population of Geylang Serai became predominantly Malay. On 12 April 1964, during Indonesia's Confrontation, a bomb exploded at a block of flats at Geylang Serai, killing two men. Communal riots between Malays and Chinese broke out several months later on 21 July 1964 on Prophet Muhammad's birthday.



Bounded by New Bridge Road, Keong Siak Road, Kreta Ayer Road, Neil Road and Cantonment Road, the area was given conservation status on 7 July 1989. It contains two- and three-storey shophouses mainly of the Transitional, Late and Art Deco Styles. In addition, more shophouses along Keong Saik Road were given conservation status on 12 April 1990 and subsequently, those along Teck Lim Road and Keong Siak Road were given conservation status on 25 October 1991.



The official opening of the Singapore Girls' Home on 12 April 2007 signifies an important milestone in the history of MCYS's Homes. This year, the Singapore Girls' Home, together with the Singapore Boys' Home and Boys' Hostel, mark 60 years of residential-based care and rehabilitation of youths.



The first citizenship ceremony at the GRC level, held on 12 April 2007 at Changi Simei CC, welcomed 91 new Singapore citizens and 90 accompanying family members into our community.