• Short Summary

    FOLLOWING THE PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL OF BRITISH TROOPS FROM SINGAPORE, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) HANDED OVER AN ISLAND BASE TO THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    FOLLOWING THE PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL OF BRITISH TROOPS FROM SINGAPORE, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) HANDED OVER AN ISLAND BASE TO THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT. THE ISLAND IS NAMED BLAKANG MATI WHICH HAS A HISTORIC BACKGROUND DATING BACK 25 YEARS AGO -- DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF SINGAPORE.

    THE ISLAND IS NOW LIKELY TO BE DEVELOPED AS A HUGE DEPOT, AS PART OF THE SINGAPORE PORT COMPLEX, TO PROVIDE DISTRIBUTION AND STORAGE FACILITIES FOR BULK CARGO.

    PREVIOUSLY, THE ISLAND HAD BEEN OCCUPIED BY THE BRITISH ARMY WHO LEFT BEHIND HEADQUARTERS BUILDINGS, BARRACKS, ??? QUARTERS, PARADE GROUNDS AND OTHER FACILITIES. THE SINGAPORE DEFENCE MINISTRY WILL MAINTAIN THESE FACILITIES... THE SINGAPORE NAVY HAS ALREADY STARTED MAKING USE OF THE ISLAND.

    MEANWHILE, A JOINT CANADA-SINGAPORE SURVEY TEAM IS COMPLETING AN EXAMINATION ON THE POTENTIAL OF THE ISLAND AS A PORT AND INDUSTRIAL AREA, WITH DEEP WATER BERTHS AND STORAGE FACILITIES.

    THE WATERS AROUND THE ISLAND, PARTICULARLY NEAR THE SOUTHERN END ARE FROM 60 TO 70 FEET DEEP AND SUITED FOR DEEP WATER BERTHS.

    THE TEAM WILL ALSO STUDY THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING A TUNNEL OR BRIDGE TO LINK THE WESTERN TIP OF THE ISLAND TO SINGAPORE AND THE RECLAMATION OF THE LAND BETWEEN IT AND NEARBY PULAU BRANI (BRAVE ISLAND).

    THE SINGAPORE TOURIST PROMOTION BOARD, TOO, HAS AN EYE ON A SECTION OF THE ISLAND FOR DEVELOPMENT AS A TOURIST PLAYGROUND WITH A CASINO. THE ISLAND HAS A NUMBER OF GOOD BEACHES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAVENPH16OTAXXIQ1HUJBP08OW
    Media URN:
    VLVAVENPH16OTAXXIQ1HUJBP08OW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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