Sang Nila Utama Secondary School saw the visit of several dignitaries, including the Raja Permaisuri Agong who visited the school on 12 November 1963. The visit was an indication of Malaysia’s recognition of the school during the merger between Singapore and Malaysia. In 1967, the school was visited by Lee Kuan Yew, then the Prime Minister of Singapore.




Deng Xiaoping (then Senior Vice-Premier of the People's Republic of China) visits Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore on 12 November 1978. Deng and his 36-member delegation were met at the Paya Lebar airport by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his cabinet colleagues, including Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee, Foreign Minister S. Rajaratnam and Finance Minister Hon Sui Sen.


On 12 November 1996, we celebrated the 130th anniversary of Dr Sun Yat Sen's birth at the Sun Yat Sen villa in Singapore. Brigadier-General (NS) George Yeo was the guest-of-honour. In his speech during the celebration, BG Yeo stated, "the conservation of the Wan Qing Yuan is a very important cultural project for Chinese Singaporeans. The 1911 Chinese Revolution is a very important part of our cultural history which we must never forget. This building should therefore be preserved as a cultural shrine for all ethnic Chinese Singaporeans. It will also be of great interest to non-Chinese Singaporeans and others in the world."