Mount Palmer, named after John Palmer is a merchant from Calcutta who had purchased the hill and its surrounding area, the hill was the first to have a small bungalow at its peak in the 1820s. Palmer was also known as the founder of the Indian Mechantile Community and had set up his own firm, Palmer and Co. On 1 January 1827, Robert Hardie obtained a 999-year lease from the Secretary of State for British India, for that parcel of land. In that same year, John Palmer's Company went bankrupt due to his generousity and inability to refuse loans of money to his friends, so he sold a portion of the hill to a Parsi who turned it into a Parsi burial ground in 1828. Forty years later, on 23 May 1867, Robert Hardie sold it for $6,000 to Hoo Ah Kay, Parsick Joachim and Cursetjee Pestonjee Lalla, as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. Not long after, on 12 May 1867, C.P. Lalla sold his share to Hoo Ah Kay and Parsick Joachim as tenants in common for $2,750. Mount Palmer is located at today’s Palmer Road (which begins at the junction of Enggor Street and Anson Road and ends near Keppel Road) before it was levelled.

 


 

On 23 May 1994, then Nominated Member of Parliament Walter Woon introduced the Maintenance of Parents Bill in parliament, with the objective of giving abandoned parents the right to claim maintenance from their children.

 


 

On 23 May 2008 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its verdict in a territorial dispute between Singapore and Malaysia involving the three marine features of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge which lie in the Straits of Singapore. Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh is about 24 nautical miles east of Singapore while the Middle Rocks are two clusters of rocks situated 0.6 nautical miles south of Pedra Branca; and South Ledge is a maritime feature submerged at high-tide a little farther away at 2.1 nautical miles south of Pedra Branca. The Court awarded the island of Pedra Branca to Singapore by 12 votes to 4 and by 15 votes to 1, awarded the two clusters of small rocks of Middle Rocks to Malaysia. As to South Ledge, it belonged to the state in the territorial waters of which it was located.

 


 

(Photo taken at POSB Gallery held at the National Library in Aug 2016)

 

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Singapore’s economic architect the late Dr Goh Keng Swee (photo) died early Firday morning after battling a long illness and will have a State Funeral held on Sunday, 23 May 2010. During his time in London, Goh met fellow students who were seeking independence for Malaya, including Lee Kuan Yew and Toh Chin Chye. He resigned from the civil service in 1959 to enter politics and was elected as the People’s Action Party representative for Kreta Ayer, his constituency until he retired in 1984. The Economic Development Board, Port of Singapore Authority, Jurong Town Corporation, Housing and Development Board, Ministry of Education, and Central Provident Fund – were inventions cast in Dr Goh’s extraordinary mind. When Singapore attained independence on the 9 Aug 1965, he became the first Minister of Defence. With the withdrawal of the British troops from Singapore, he saw an urgent need for a strong defence force. He established the setting up of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) with the implementation of compulsory national service for all male Singaporeans above 18 years old. Dr Goh who had served in public office from 1959 to 1984, was awarded Singapore's highest honour - The Order of Temasek (First Class) - in 1985.