Study on life of ex-villagers on Southern Islands

Two-year project documents heritage and little-known stories from former islanders

Above: The new kitchen, with induction cookers plus new pots and cooking ware. Tables will also be replaced. Left: Former St John's villager Muhamad Akim Giman (far left) showing NUS' Dr Hamzah Muzaini some old photos on his cellphone.
Above: The new kitchen, with induction cookers plus new pots and cooking ware. Tables will also be replaced. PHOTO: GIN TAY
Above: The new kitchen, with induction cookers plus new pots and cooking ware. Tables will also be replaced. Left: Former St John's villager Muhamad Akim Giman (far left) showing NUS' Dr Hamzah Muzaini some old photos on his cellphone.
Former St John's villager Muhamad Akim Giman (left) showing NUS' Dr Hamzah Muzaini some old photos on his cellphone. PHOTO: GRACE CHONG
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Singapore's young islanders were such good swimmers, they would encourage people to visit the Southern Islands, to throw coins into its waters for them to retrieve.

Former St John's villager Muhamad Akim Giman, 69, said: "We had to dive in fast as the coins sank rapidly. We emerged with them in our hands or our mouths."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2019, with the headline Study on life of ex-villagers on Southern Islands. Subscribe