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A primer on the MacDonald House bombing that shook Singapore in 1965

The front page of The Straits Times on March 11, 1965. -- ST PHOTO
The front page of The Straits Times on March 11, 1965. -- ST PHOTO
The front page of The Straits Times on March 11, 1965. -- ST PHOTO
The front page of The Straits Times on March 11, 1965. -- ST PHOTO
Two Indonesians were charged in a magistrate's court with the murder of three MacDonald House workers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
Two Indonesians were charged in a magistrate's court with the murder of three MacDonald House workers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
Bodies of the two executed Indonesian saboteurs leave Changi Jail for the RAF Changi Airfield to be flown back to Indonesia by a Indonesian Air Force plane. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MAK KIAN SENG
Bodies of the two executed Indonesian saboteurs leave Changi Jail for the RAF Changi Airfield to be flown back to Indonesia by a Indonesian Air Force plane. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MAK KIAN SENG
The Indonesian flag being flown at half-mast at the Indonesian Embassy. The embassy was mourning the deaths of two executed Indonesian saboteurs at Changi Jail. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
The Indonesian flag being flown at half-mast at the Indonesian Embassy. The embassy was mourning the deaths of two executed Indonesian saboteurs at Changi Jail. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
Indonesian Embassy officials leaving Wisma House to receive the bodies of the two executed Indonesian saboteurs at the Changi Jail. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
Indonesian Embassy officials leaving Wisma House to receive the bodies of the two executed Indonesian saboteurs at the Changi Jail. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
Special Investigation Branch arresting a man at the Kallang Housing Estate in connection with the bomb explosion at MacDonald House. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LOW YEW KONG
Special Investigation Branch arresting a man at the Kallang Housing Estate in connection with the bomb explosion at MacDonald House. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LOW YEW KONG
The bomb was placed on the stairway on the mezzanine floor of MacDonald House where it exploded. -- ST FILE PHOTO: HAN HAI FONG
The bomb was placed on the stairway on the mezzanine floor of MacDonald House where it exploded. -- ST FILE PHOTO: HAN HAI FONG
The MacDonald House bombing was the worst of a string of attacks by Indonesian saboteurs during Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation that happened from 1963 to 1966. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
The MacDonald House bombing was the worst of a string of attacks by Indonesian saboteurs during Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation that happened from 1963 to 1966. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
The MacDonald House bombing was the worst of a string of attacks by Indonesian saboteurs during Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation that happened from 1963 to 1966. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
The MacDonald House bombing was the worst of a string of attacks by Indonesian saboteurs during Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation that happened from 1963 to 1966. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG

The MacDonald House bombing was the worst of a string of attacks by Indonesian saboteurs during Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation that happened from 1963 to 1966. The incident has been making the headlines again because Indonesia named a navy ship after the two men responsible for the attack.

A 25lb (11.33kg) package of nitroglycerine, with a timing device, was planted on the mezzanine floor, near the lifts. At 3.07pm on March 10, 1965, the bomb exploded, tearing a hole in the floor, ripping out a lift door and reducing the correspondence room of the Hongkong And Shanghai Bank "into a shambles" according to a Straits Times report.

The blast was so powerful that all the windows in buildings within a 100m radius as well as the windscreens of vehicles in a carpark across the street were shattered.

Three people died, and 35 people were injured. Elizabeth Suzie Choo Kway Hoi, 36 and mother of six who was private secretary to the manager of the bank, and Juliet Goh Hwee Kuang, 23 and an only child, were killed in the blast. Mr Mohammed Yasin Kesit, 45, remained in a coma and died later in hospital, leaving a widow and eight children.

Two Indonesian marines, Osman Haji Mohammed Ali, 25, and Harun Said, 21, were charged in court on March 16 for the bombing and hung in Changi Jail on Oct 17, 1968. In protest over the hanging, 400 students in Jakarta stormed the Singapore embassy and attacked the consul's residence as well as the homes of two Singaporean diplomats.