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Historic sites near NTU

Some of us may remember that Singapore was an important military base in the Far (so-called) East for the British government. Consequently, it was a greatly desired prize for the Japanese in World War 2. The British had expected the Japanese forces to attack by sea and much of the military hardware was concentrated in the southern part of Singapore(Labrador, Sentosa, etc). As Peninsular Malaysia was conquered earlier, another possible route of attack would be by way of the Causeway at Woodlands.

However, the Japanese infantry shrewdly attacked by crossing the Straits of Johore and landing at Kranji and Sarimbun. To fight the Japanese coming in from these 2 points, the British put up the Kranji-Jurong Defence Line. These 3 places (Sarimbun, Kranji and K-J Defence Line) have been designated as historic sites and you can see the NHB (National Heritage Board) signs there. The nearest historic site, close to Jurong Junior College, is at Jurong West Street 42.

The next-nearest historic site is at Sarimbun Beach just before the Ministry of Education’s campsite. You can get a good view of the Straits of Johore from this site. To reach the place, go along Lim Chu Kang Road and turn into Jalan Bahtera.

Incidentally, next to the MOE campsites are those belonging to the Singapore Scout Association and the Singapore Girl Guide Association. The Girl Guide campsite is known as Camp Christine.

Re-trievia quiz: Who is Christine?

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2001
Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

2 November, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Posted in Year 2001

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  1. >>The Girl Guide campsite is known as Camp Christine. Re-trievia quiz: Who is Christine? <<

    I received a response from one reader:
    “Well, she’s none other that Christine Danabalan, the wife of the Minister Danabalan. She was the President of the Girl Guide Association at the time the Campsite was being built. If not for her untiring push the Girl Guides would not have been able to get the financial resources to build the campsite. In gratitude to her the Association named the campsite after her.”
    So, altogether now, say “HATS off to Christine!”

    tan wee kiat

    6 January, 2008 at 7:44 pm


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