2009 in Singapore

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2009
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The following lists events that happened during 2009 in the Republic of Singapore.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 1 January –
    • The smoking ban is extended to all children's playgrounds, exercise areas, markets, underground and multi-storey carparks, ferry terminals and jetties, and also non-air conditioned areas in offices, factories, shops, shopping complexes and lift lobbies.
    • The SDPC marking for cigarettes takes effect.[1]
  • 2 January - Kit Wei Zheng at Citi argued that Singapore in 2009 would experience "the most severe recession in Singapore’s history". It turns out that for a government scholar, he couldn't be more wrong. In the end the economy grew in 2009 by 3.1% and in 2010, the nation saw a 15.2% growth rate.[2][3]
  • 9 January to 7 October – The mass EZ-Link card replacement exercise is initiated.[4] Supposed to end by 30 September, the replacement is extended to 7 October.[5]
  • 10 January – The official logo of the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics was unveiled.
  • 19 January – President S. R. Nathan allowed the spending of past reserves to fight the financial crisis. The money was returned in 2011.[6]
  • 28 January – The Social Development Unit and the Social Development Service have merged into SDU-SDS, the change was first announced during the 2008 National Day Rally.[7]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March – Yee Tee Point is opened to the public.
  • 4 March – Kim Chuan Depot is officially opened as the world's biggest underground train depot. The depot will serve the Circle MRT line and the Downtown MRT line.[9]
  • 8 March – The Upper Paya Lebar underpass is opened to traffic.[10]
  • 23 March – Amendments to the Films Act are passed to allow some political films if the films present a factual and objective picture, and do not dramatise and/or present a distorted picture. This comes after all party political films were banned in 1998.[11][12]
  • 24 March – MediaCorp, along with five Southeast Asian television broadcasting companies have formed the Smart Alliance.[13]
  • 28 March –
    • Iluma (now Bugis+) is opened to the public.
    • Landmarks around Singapore switched off their lights in support of Earth Hour.[14]

April[edit]

  • 1 April –
    • Tampines 1 opens to the public as the third mall in Tampines.
    • Bus and train fares have reduced by 4.6%.
  • 9 April – UNIQLO opens its first store in Singapore, located at Tampines 1.[15]
  • 13 April –
    • 154 people fall victim to the food poisoning involving an Indian rojak stall at the Geylang Serai temporary market, with one miscarriage and two deaths; the incident became one of Singapore's worst mass food poisoning cases until in 2018, when four simultaneous cases occurred.
    • The Public Order Act is passed to regulate assemblies, and allows for 'move on' orders.[16][17]
  • 14 April –
  • 27 April – The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint is launched.[19]
  • 28 April to 8 July – 2009 flu pandemic in Singapore:
    • 28 April – Ministry of Health elevated the country's Disease Outbreak Response System (DORS) from green to yellow alert, following the 2009 swine flu pandemic in various countries.
    • 30 April to 11 May – Ministry of Health raised the level to orange even though there are no human cases of swine flu in Singapore recorded, before lowering it to yellow.
    • 27 May – Singapore's first H1N1 case was confirmed.[20]
    • 28 May – Three cases were confirmed (total 4).
    • 31 May – One case was confirmed (total 5).
    • 1 June – Two cases were confirmed (total 7).
    • 2 June – One case was confirmed (total 8).
    • 3 June – Three cases were confirmed (total 11).
    • 4 June – One case was confirmed (total 12).
    • 5 June – Two cases were confirmed (total 14).
    • 6 June – One case was confirmed (total 15).
    • 9 June – Three cases were confirmed (total 18).
    • 11 June – Three cases were confirmed (total 21).
    • 12 June – Six cases were confirmed (total 27).
    • 13 June – Seven cases were confirmed (total 34).
    • 14 June – Six cases were confirmed (total 40).
    • 15 June – Seven cases were confirmed (total 47).
    • 16 June – Two cases were confirmed (total 49).
    • 17 June – 17 cases were confirmed (total 66).
    • 18 June – 11 cases were confirmed, with one of the additional cases possibly Singapore's first unlinked local H1N1 flu case (total 77).
    • 19 June – 26 cases were confirmed, including 3 local cases (total 103).
    • 20 June – 23 cases were confirmed, one of which includes an Asian Youth Games athlete from the Philippines (total 126).
    • 21 June – 16 cases were confirmed (total 142).
    • 22 June – 26 cases were confirmed (total 168).
    • 23 June – 26 cases were confirmed (total 194).
    • 24 June – 26 cases were confirmed (total 220).
    • 25 June – 95 cases were confirmed (total 315).
    • 26 June – 50 cases were confirmed (total 365).
    • 27 June – 89 cases were confirmed (total 454).
    • 28 June – 145 cases were confirmed (total 599).
    • 29 June – 30 cases were confirmed (total 629).
    • 30 June – 72 cases were confirmed (total 701).
    • 1 July – MOH announces that it moves on from Containment to Mitigation Phase; with 82 cases confirmed (total 783).
    • 2 July – 95 cases were confirmed (total 878).
    • 3 July – 91 cases were confirmed (total 969).
    • 4 July – 34 cases were confirmed (total 1003).
    • 5 July – 52 cases were confirmed (total 1055).
    • 6 July – 56 cases were confirmed (total 1111).
    • 7 July – 106 cases were confirmed (total 1217).
    • 8 July – MOH announced that they ceased recording the number of cases.

May[edit]

Stage 3 of the Circle MRT line

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 11 August – The first incineration plant, Ulu Pandan Incineration Plant, is closed after operating since 1979.[37]
  • 15 August – The Public Transport Security Command is formed as a transit police unit of the Singapore Police Force.
  • 20 August – Two Continuing Education and Training (CET) campuses will be built in Singapore. To be located in Paya Lebar and Jurong, the two campuses will be completed by 2013.[38]

September[edit]

  • 11 September – The film Singapore Rebel is allowed with an M18 rating after being previously banned in 2005. This comes after amendments to the Films Act passed earlier in March.[39]
  • 13 September – The Singapore Cable Car is closed for retrofitting and major upgrading.
  • 19 September – City Square Mall is opened to the public as Singapore's first eco mall.[40]
  • 25 September – Reclamation works on Jurong Island are completed.[41]
  • 28 September – The Duke–NUS Medical School as well as the Khoo Teck Puat Building are officially opened, making it Singapore's second medical school.[42]

October[edit]

  • 7 and 14 October – Construction Worker Wu Huixin participated and won the $200,000 in the Singaporean Chinese version of the game show Don't Forget the Lyrics!, making Wu the second-known biggest winner in any Singaporean game show history.[43]
  • 9 October – NETS launches the NETS FlashPay card as an alternative to the EZ-Link card.[44]
  • 16 October – The SDU-SDS entity is now renamed to the Social Development Network (SDN) to effectively encourage marriages. In addition, SDN programmes will be opened to the public, which are previously open to members only.[45]
  • 22 October – A new SAFRA clubhouse is officially opened in Jurong. Also in, plans are unveiled to redevelop and expand the Toa Payoh clubhouse by 2013, as well as a sixth clubhouse in Punggol by 2015.[46]
  • 26 October – A new Zero-Energy Building (ZEB) is launched at the BCA Academy as part of the first Singapore Green Building Week, costing S$11 million. This project makes it the building in Southeast Asia to be retrofitted with green technologies.[47]
  • 29 October – Singapore's fourth university is named as the Singapore University of Technology and Design, which will eventually be located near Changi Business Park.[48]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Date unknown[edit]

-Sembawang Shopping Centre opens to the public.

Deaths[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  30. ^ "Specialist clinics at new Khoo Teck Puat Hospital open" (PDF). Alexandra Health. 24 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
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  35. ^ "Preservation of Monuments Board merges with the National Heritage Board". NAS. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  36. ^ "Sentosa Boardwalk Groundbreaking". MTI. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  37. ^ "Singapore's first waste-to-energy plant shuts down". Asiaone. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  38. ^ "Two National CET Campuses to Boost Workforce Development". MOM. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  39. ^ "BFC rates "Singapore Rebel" M18 with Consumer Advice". MDA. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  40. ^ "City Square Mall is Singapore's first eco-mall" (PDF). City Developments Limited. 26 November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  41. ^ "Jurong Island Reclamation Completion Ceremony". MTI. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  42. ^ "Official opening of Duke-Nus Graduate Medical School". PMO. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  43. ^ 王, 英敏 (14 October 2009). 女建筑师一句歌词 捧走20万奖金. Lianhe Wanbao. Archived from the original on 17 October 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
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  46. ^ "Safra Toa Payoh to have new clubhouse". The Straits Times (retrieved from About Singapore Property). 23 October 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  47. ^ "Singapore's First Zero Energy Building Launched at the Inaugural Singapore Green Building Week" (PDF). BCA. 26 October 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  48. ^ Musfirah, Hetty (29 October 2009). "4th university named as Singapore University of Technology and Design". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009.
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  52. ^ "Ex-broadcaster and newsman dies". Asiaone. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
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