The Muslim Institute and the Muslim Association met on Friday, 15 July 1921, at 91 Selegie Road to submit a resolution to request for more Muslim holidays. Another meeting would be held on Sunday, 17 July 1921, to unite the two entities. The request and amalgamation would be submitted to the Muslim Advisory Board. The Muslim Association united with the Muslim Institute and the name Muslim Association was retained.

 

(Source: Extract from Biography Of The Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya And Singapore by Faridah Abdul Rashid, pg 602)

 


 

On at least two occasions, Toh Chin Chye’s name was floated as an alternative Prime Minister to Lee Kuan Yew. In 1961, they lost two successive by-elections to Ong Eng Guan and David Marshall. On 17 July 1961, Lee Kuan Yew wrote a letter to Dr Toh, Chairman of the CEC. He wrote that the trade unions, the Middle Road Crowd wanted him to resign and they wanted Dr Toh to take over as the Prime Minister. Dr Toh read the letter to all the Cabinet Ministers and CEC members during a Cabinet meeting. All who were present were stunned. Yong Nyuk Lin asked Dr Toh, “Should we accept his resignation?” Dr Toh replied, “No,” because it will divide the government and it will appear to the people of Singapore that they are being unsteady. So they declined the resignation. Dr Toh could very well make himself as the Prime Minister, but he didn’t.

 


 

On the 17 July 1967, the first batch of 900 Full-time National Servicemen were enlisted.

 


 

 

Opening of the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) new building in Starlight Road, by Minister for Information and the Arts, BG George Yeo on 17 July 1993.