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Singapore pioneers' exploits unearthed

Pioneer JC team pens new book on contributions of 12 buried at Bt Brown

Published on Mar 29, 2014 8:50 AM
Ex-Pioneer JC students (from left) Dilys Eng, 18; Gabriel Lim; Lim Hyesu; and Calvin Yeo, 18. They are among the team of 23 students who put together the book on contributions of 12 Singapore pioneers. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Bus tycoon Tay Koh Yat was good at moving people: he pulled together a 10,000-strong Chinese Civil Defence force to keep peace and order before the Japanese troops invaded Singapore in 1942.

And after the war, as chairman of the Singapore Chinese Appeal Committee, Tay submitted evidence which led to the punishment of Japanese generals and officials responsible for the massacre of the Chinese on the island.

The Kinmen-born Tay was also part of the overseas Chinese movement involved in the 1911 revolution against the Qing Dynasty.

He is one of 12 trailblazers featured in a new book, 1911 Revolution: Singapore Pioneers In Bukit Brown, by a team of 23 students of Pioneer Junior College.

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