Michael Fay incident, Hotel New World collapse among events that shaped social perceptions in Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel (left) and the Changi Airport control tower (below) were among the top five most important heritage sites out of 90 that were assessed by 51 Singaporeans who took part in a series of focus group discussions organised by the IPS So
The Fullerton Hotel (above) and the Changi Airport control tower were among the top five most important heritage sites out of 90 that were assessed by 51 Singaporeans who took part in a series of focus group discussions organised by the IPS Social Lab last year.ST FILE PHOTO
The Fullerton Hotel (left) and the Changi Airport control tower (below) were among the top five most important heritage sites out of 90 that were assessed by 51 Singaporeans who took part in a series of focus group discussions organised by the IPS So
The Fullerton Hotel and the Changi Airport control tower (above) were among the top five most important heritage sites out of 90 that were assessed by 51 Singaporeans who took part in a series of focus group discussions organised by the IPS Social Lab last year.ST FILE PHOTO

In first wave of research, IPS Social Lab looks at how 35 events shaped social perceptions

It occurred more than 20 years ago and generated an avalanche of media coverage - often hostile - yet it is seen now as a historically defining moment for Singaporeans.

In 1994, American Michael Fay, then 18 years old, was given a sentence for vandalism which included caning.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2018, with the headline 'Study delves into defining moments for S'poreans'. Print Edition | Subscribe