Eu Tong Sen, picture above, was a reformer and although he was pro-British, he was not afraid to stand up to the British colonial government. He joined the other Chinese business leaders in campaigning against the two largest sources of income for the British colonial government, i.e., opium and gambling. On 12 December 1903, the British Federal Secretary, A R Venning, issued a circular that Malay, Indian, Chinese and other Asian men need not be addressed with the prefix, “Mr”, Eu Tong Sen and his friends protested against this act of racism.

 


 

British and Malay troops, with fixed bayonets, were in support of the Singapore police on 11 December 1950 night in efforts to quell the rioting which broke out in the afternoon after the appeal in the case of Maria Hertogh had been heard. The Maria Hertogh Riots sparked off what initially was a dispute involving two families into a gory racial nightmare between the Malays and the Europeans in multi-racial Singapore. The riots took place over a period of three days and saw at least 18 people killed and 173 people injured. It was sparked by the controversial custody battle between Maria's adoptive Malay family and her Eurasian parents. On 12 December 1950, Maria was flown to Holland with her parents to be reunited with her family.

 


 

 

Tanjong Pagar MRT Station opened on 12 December 1987.

 


 

The Shaw Group completed the redevelopment of Shaw Plaza - Twin Heights at the site of the former single screen Hoover and President Theatres at Balestier. The official opening date was 5 November 1999. The project cost more than S$250 million and is the culmination of construction work which began in 12 December 1996 with the piling starting on 26th March 1997. The new development consists of a six screen cineplex and shopping mall adjoining a luxury condominium with 21 storey apartment blocks. All 6 screens within the cineplex are equipped with SDDS, DTS, SRD and Dolby Stereo SR as well as comfortable rocking chairs. The cineplex officially opened with the premiere of 'Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar' on 3 November 1999.

 


 

Tiger Airways Singapore was incorporated on 12 December 2003 and began ticket sales on 31 August 2004. Services commenced on 15 September 2004 to Bangkok. Scheduled international services are operated from Singapore Changi Airport. The airline is a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, a Singapore-based company.