Pulau Ubin's past 'worth preserving for future'
Heritage Board launches virtual tour, plans online video of boatmen
Sleepy Pulau Ubin was once a hotbed of rowdy gang activity in pre-war Singapore.
Initiation ceremonies by secret societies such as Sin Ghee Hin would take place on its shores.
This is one of several little-known facts uncovered by the National Heritage Board as part of its efforts to document the history of the 10.2 sq km, boomerang-shaped island in the northeastern corner of Singapore.
A team from the board, headed by group director of policy Alvin Tan, spent the last five months scouring academic texts, newspaper articles and conducting interviews with some of the island's 38 remaining residents to add to existing literature.
A PLACE WORTH SAVING
Through these materials, I hope Singaporeans and other visitors will get to learn more about the island's rich history and make a visit here.
- Mr Kit Kau Chye, boat operator and chairman of the Changi Point Ferry Association, on the efforts to conserve and document the island