Singapore courts ceased to function when the Japanese invaded Singapore in 1942, during the Japanese Occupation, and established a Military Court of Justice to administer Military Ordinances and the laws of the Japanese army. The courts were re-opened by a Proclamation dated 27 May 1942, which stated that the courts were to follow the former system of laws insofar as they did not interfere with the Military Administration.



Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was then the prime minister of Malaya, first broached merger plans  on 27 May 1961 at a meeting of foreign correspondents held in Singapore where  he proposed the concept of a  “Mighty Malaysia"  consisting  of  Malaya, Singapore, Borneo, Brunei  and  Sarawak. The proposal was a surprise turnaround for Singapore leaders as they had been wooing an unreceptive Tunku for merger as early as 1955. The reversal in decision delighted then Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and led to a joint communiqué being issued by both leaders in August 1961 stating their commitment to the merger. The merger came a step closer to being realised with the release of a White Paper in November 1961 presenting the points of agreement on merger between Singapore and Malaya. This was followed by a memorandum containing recommendations for the formation of Malaysia that was signed in February 1962 by the leaders of the proposed five constituent territories – Singapore, Malaya, Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak. Brunei subsequently pulled out from the planned union.


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The Singapore Calligraphy Centre, refurbished and renovated at a cost of $1.31 million, was inaugurated by Mr. Wong Kan Seng, Minister for Home Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association, on 27 May 1996.



Land Transport Authority (LTA), Traffic Police (TP) and the Tampines Grassroots Organisations (GROs) will be conducting a study in the Tampines Town to assess the feasibility of allowing cycling on footways with effect from 27 May 2007. The study will last for one year and end on 30 May 2008. The official launch of this trial will be on 27 May 2007, in conjunction with the Tampines Town Day. Currently, under Rule 28 of the Road Traffic Rules, enacted in 1981, cycling on footways is prohibited. Like any other vehicles, bicycles are to be ridden on the roads and cyclists are required to abide by all relevant traffic rules and regulations.



The Bukit Timah Railway Station, at Blackmore Drive, has been officially gazetted as a conserved building as of 27 May 2011. This station will cease to operate as KTMB railway facilities by 1 July 2011.