2015 in Singapore

The following lists events that happened during 2015 in the Republic of Singapore.

Incumbents

Events

January

February

March

  • 23-29 March - Death of Lee Kuan Yew:
    • 23 March -
      • Singapore's first and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, notable for his contributions as an "Architect of Modern Singapore", passes on at age of 91 at 3:18 am in Singapore General Hospital due to complications of pneumonia.
      • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (who was also the son of the late Lee) declared a seven-day period of national mourning and the funeral will be held on March 29. The state flags on all government buildings would be flown at half-mast for the mourning period, while a majority of television programmings were pre-empted to air a selected series of programs in tribute of Lee.
    • 25 March -
      • The funeral procession of Lee from the Istana to Parliament House to lay in state. Later on the same day, the house was opened to Singapore who queued to pay their last respects to Lee.
    • 29 March -
  • 29 March - Amos Yee was arrested for insensitive remarks. He was charged and found guilty, with a jail term imposed.[6]

April

  • 1 April -
  • 30 April - Genting Hotel in Jurong was opened, making it the first hotel in west Singapore.[7]

May

June

July

August

September

  • 11 September - General Elections:
    • It was the first general election (post-independence) in which every one of over two-and-a-half million Singaporeans cast their votes as none of the constituencies was won walkover, after 1963.
    • The ruling People's Action Party (PAP), led by Lee Hsien Loong, retains its majority in the elections with 83 out of 89 seats, with an overall vote share of 69.86%.
    • Main opposition Workers' Party (WP) won the remaining six parliamentary seats from the other two constituencies (Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC). A third ward, Punggol East SMC, was returned to the PAP-fold.
  • 15 September - The 6th incineration plant will be built in Tuas, to be completed by 2019.[22]
  • 24 September - The haze in Singapore reached to a hazardous range of 313; Ministry of Education prompted to close down some schools as a health precaution due to the haze.

October

  • 1 October - Marrybrown opened its first restaurant in iFly Singapore in Sentosa.[23]
  • 9 October - A freak lift accident occurred in Jurong, causing an elderly woman's hands to be severed.[24]
  • 19 October - Fusionopolis 2 is officially opened.[25]
  • 21 October - City Harvest Church Criminal Breach of Trust Case: The six convicted City Harvest Church pastors involved over its largest charity fund misuse (S$50 million) back in 2010 and its arrest on 2012, were all pleaded guilty over breach of trust and Falsification of Accounts; all six convicted were given jail sentences, with Kong Hee given the heaviest sentence[26].
  • 22 October - A Hepatitis C outbreak occurs where 22 patients (eight deaths inclusive) from Singapore General Hospital were infected starting with one case of infection from the National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) dated back April 27.[27]
  • 29 October - Stage 6 of the Circle MRT line was announced during a visit to the Tuas Extension, resulting in a full circle. The extension will consist of 3 stations along the future Great Southern Waterfront, stretching a total distance of 4km. The extension will be completed by 2025.[28]

November

Ma Ying-jeou and Xi Jinping shaking hands at the Ma-Xi meeting

December

Deaths

  • 14 February - Koh Lip Lin – Ex-PAP MP and Education Pioneer (b. 1936)
  • 23 March - Lee Kuan Yew – Former Singapore, and Pioneer Prime Minister (b. 1923).[38]
  • 7 August - Lee Seng Wee – Ex-OCBC Bank chairman and billionaire banker (b. 1930)
  • 14 October - Miranda Yap – Executive Director of the Bioprocessing Technology Institute at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore (A*STAR) (b. 1948)
  • 28 December - Tiffany Leong – Ex-Mediacorp actress (b. 1985)

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  5. ^ "Temasek, JTC give official blessing to merger of subsidiaries". The Straits Times. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
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