2015 in Singapore

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

Incumbents

Events

January

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 –

April

  • 1 April –
    • The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act, which bans drinking in public on night times, was passed by parliament.[2]
    • xinmsn ceased operation and its services was transferred to MSN Singapore and Toggle.

May

June

July

  • 4 July – The 156-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens became the first site to receive the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • 7 July – One of the worst MRT disruptions since 2011 as North South and East West lines were disrupted and temporarily close down due to a power fault.

August

  • 9 August – Singapore celebrates its Golden Jubilee at Padang.
    • It was the first National Day Parade without Lee Kuan Yew, who had attended every parade since independence prior to his passing.
    • Member of Parliament Tin Pei Ling was absent due to a maternal leave, after giving birth to her first child, Ng Kee Hau, on 5 August.[3]
  • 18 August – Set of six SG50 commemorative notes were unveiled by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
  • 25 August – The 12th Parliament was dissolved.

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.
  • 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

  • 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[4].
  • 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.[5]
  • 25 October – The second phase of the Downtown Line began its testing phase.

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).[7]
  • 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)

References

  1. ^ "Crew rescued from listing Solent car transporter". BBC News. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ "What You Can or Cannot do under the new Alcohol Law". Straits Times. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  3. ^ "PAP to field Tin Pei Ling in MacPherson". Channel NewsAsia. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  4. ^ "City Harvest trial: All 6 accused, including founder Kong Hee, found guilty of all charges". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Report on SGH hep C outbreak: How the incident was escalated". Straits Times. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Man who fell ill eating raw fish out of coma". Straits Times. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91". BBC News. London. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2018.


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