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2019
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This is a list of events which occurred during 2019 in the Republic of Singapore.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 7 February - After a series of service lapses, SingPost has been fined $100,000 for failing local delivery standards, as well as a record $300,000 one month later for failing to meet service standards in 2018.[38][39]
  • 9 February - The Polaris vessel got into a collision with the Pireas tanker in Singapore territorial waters off Tuas.[40]
  • 14 February -
  • 15 February -
    • Digital Defence is unveiled as the sixth pillar of Total Defence.[44]
    • A-Level graduates will now be allowed to seek exemption from some modules and start polytechnic earlier, potentially saving six months.[45]
  • 18 February -
    • The Merdeka Generation Package was unveiled to support Singaporeans who contributed during the Merdeka era.[46]
    • The first Type 218SG submarine, Invincible, was launched in Germany. The submarine will only be delivered in 2021.[47]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 1 April -
  • 3 April -
    • The Ministry of Trade and Industry unveils an expansion plan costing S$9 billion for Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, along with plans to increase hotel capacity, new entertainment venues and higher casino levies and taxes.[91] The higher levies of S$150 daily and S$3,000 annually takes effect the next day.[92][93]
    • Bike-sharing operators Anywheel and Moov Technology are granted licences for bike-sharing, while Ywise Circle failed to obtain one.[94]
  • 4 April - SimplyGo is launched to allow commuters to pay for transportation with cards. The system is initially opened to MasterCard users.[95]
  • 6 April - Singapore and Malaysia reach an agreement on the aviation issue. Among them are to suspend the Instrument landing system at Seletar Airport, allowing the airline Firefly to resume flights to Singapore, and the suspension of the proposed restricted area in Pasir Gudang. The agreement results in a resumption of flights from 21 April.[96][97]
  • 7 April - The National Archives of Singapore building reopens.[98]
  • 8 April - Singapore and Malaysia suspend the port limits claims, reverting to pre-October 2018 boundaries. A group will be formed to delineate the boundary while the nations will work on a GPS-based instrument system for Seletar Airport and are currently working on a six-month suspension of the Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System.[99][100][101]
  • 10 April - Cinema ticket presales open for the blockbuster film Avengers: Endgame, which is first screened in cinemas on 24 April and later sets a record for its biggest box-office in Singapore; high demand for online presales causes the servers of cinema websites to become either slow or unresponsive.[102][103]
  • 14 April - Restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters closed its last outlet at Great World City.[104]
  • 16 April - During a Singapore Tourism Board conference, it is announced that a new tourism development will be built at Jurong Lake District by 2026. Mandai will be remodelled and Sentosa will award grants for operators.[105]
  • 17 April -
  • 19 April - A controversy is sparked when a victim reveals that a voyeur at National University of Singapore (NUS) was let off lightly after perpetrating sexual harassment. NUS convenes a review committee[108], and two petitions demanding stiffer penalties are launched[109][110] while Education Minister Ong Ye Kung called the sentences "manifestly inadequate" and seeks a review; all universities have since been told to do so.[111] Bathroom security is subsequently tightened with covered entrances and more security guards in place.[112] On 10 June, the committee released recommendations for tougher penalties, which NUS accepted.[113] On 29 August, NUS has set up a Victim Care Unit for victims who have encountered some form of sexual misconduct.[114]
  • 21 April - Two police reports (but did not come to light until 24 April) relating to voyeurism in university bathrooms are lodged in Nanyang Technological University (NTU).[115][116]
  • 23 April - Tuas Port is 75% finished and the last caisson is installed, putting the port on-target for its intended opening date of 2021.[117]
  • 27 April - The first phase of the enhanced Jurong Lake Gardens is launched with new facilities, making it the first national garden in the heartlands and third in Singapore. Works for the second phase will commence soon with completion by 2021.[118]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 1 June – 31 December - The showcase, From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience, is held at Fort Canning Park.[140] Supposed to end on 15 September, the exhibition is extended to 31 December to allow more people to view the exhibition.[141]
  • 3 June - Radio station 938Now is rebranded as CNA938.[142]
  • 5 June - President Halimah Yacob launched a commemorative $20 note featuring Singapore's pioneers and depicting Singapore's journey to nationhood to mark Singapore's bicentennial year.[143]
  • 6 June -
    • Visa users are now able to use SimplyGo.[144]
    • The Ministry of Health announced a ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from June 2021, first announced on 6 March. The move aims to encourage healthy choices.[145][146]
  • 8 June - The National Environment Agency launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the use of disposables and encourage sustainable ones. Called the "Say YES to Waste Less" campaign, it is launched together with 59 partners, covering more than 1,600 premises and reaching out to millions of consumers.[147]
  • 11 June - The Singapore Armed Forces unveils the Hunter, a fully digital Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) which is also air-conditioned.[148]
  • 18 June - Construction starts on The Esplanade's new 550-seat theatre, known as the Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade.The theatre will be completed by the second half of 2021.[149]
  • 19 June - Unauthorised drones were spotted around the vicinity of Changi Airport, causing 37 flights to be delayed and a runway to be shut intermittently.[150]
  • 21 June -
    • A power outage hits Yishun, caused by cable damage during works carried out by a contractor.[151]
    • A massive fire broke out at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) facility in Jalan Buroh, killing one man and injuring two others.[152]
  • 23 June - Coffeehouse Dôme closed its last outlet at Parkway Parade.[153]
  • 24 June - Another drone incident took place around the vicinity of Changi Airport, made worse by bad weather. This caused 18 flights to be delayed, and another 7 to be diverted.[154]
  • 26 June - A new Digital Industry Singapore office is launched to encourage companies to digitalise.[155]
  • 27 June -
  • 28 June -
  • 30 June - The first phase of SAFTI City, a future urban training ground, starts construction. SAFTI City will open in phases from 2023. Also in is a new counter-terror centre which will start in end-2019.[162][163]

July[edit]

  • 1 July -
    • Only e-scooters that are compliant with Land Transport Authority’s device criteria, including UL-2272 certification, can be used from 1 July onwards. 85,000 e-scooters have been registered.[164]
    • The Ministry of Health announced new laws that will take effect from 1 July 2020, collectively known as the SP measures to protect the public from tobacco use. These measures include mandating the use of standardised packaging and no logos, among others.[165]
    • A sixth MVNO, redONE starts operations.[166]
  • 3 July - CapitaLand announced that Ascott and Ascendas' hospitality REITs will be merged, forming Asia's largest hospitality trust with S$7.6b in assets combined. This comes after the successful acquisition of Ascendas-Singbridge on 30 June.[167]
  • 4 July - Phase 2 of the future Tuas Terminal starts construction, with the first caisson launched. At the same time, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will replace the current patrol vessels with seven patrol craft over the next three years, as well as two patrol launches. The first phase of digital Maritime Single Window will be launched by end 2019 to ease port clearance procedure.[168]
  • 5 July - The National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore officially opens.[169]
  • 8 July -
    • After recent drone intrusions around Changi Airport, drone registration will be compulsory from around end-2019, with stiffer penalties on the cards.[170]
    • Changes to the Road Traffic Act were passed to introduce stiffer penalties for irresponsible drivers, among other measures.[171][172][173]
  • 10 July - Coding will be made compulsory for upper primary students from 2020 onwards.[174]
  • 26 July - In response to the upcoming National Day, Huawei launched a 3-day promotion of a S$54 smartphone (limited quantity) for the elderly, causing many to queue and anger when the smartphones were completely sold.[175][176]
  • 27 July - The Singapore Army launches the new Wheeled Recovery Vehicle which can support up to 35 tonnes of recovery capacity, an improvement from the previous MB 2636A Recovery Truck which supports only 26 tonnes, rendering it unable to recover heavier vehicles like the Terrex ICV. The Vehicle also has a rotator crane allowing the crew to recovery works from different angles or positions, as well as a dual-action feature allowing it to lift and winch at the same time. The Vehicle is equipped with several safety features like an armoured cabin, a Multi-Functional Controller, among others.[177]

August[edit]

  • 2 August - A new Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facility is officially opened at One°15, making it the only marina in Singapore to be designated an immigration facility. This will streamline immigration procedures for the boating community, as they have to stop at Sisters' Islands previously.[178]
  • 6 August - The largest NTUC FairPrice store opens in VivoCity under the FairPrice Xtra label in a bid to rival online grocers, and features an in-house vegetable farm, a dedicated play area for children and bicycle and luggage repair services.[179][180][181]
  • 7 August - The Singapore Convention on Mediation, also known as the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, comes into effect with 46 countries ratifying it. States that have ratified the treaty will have to ensure that international commercial settlement agreements are enforced by their courts.[182]
  • 8 August - Maxwell Chambers Suites opens its doors to keep up with demand for dispute resolution.[183]
  • 12 August - The National Parks Board (NParks) announced a full ban on domestic ivory trade from 1 September 2021, with exemptions given to display ivory for educational and religious purposes, as well as musical instruments and personal effects that contain ivory. This will help strengthen Singapore's determination to stamp out illegal trading in endangered species, as international ivory trade has been banned under CITES since 1990.[184]
  • 28 August - The Land Transport Authority awards several non-fare businesses along the Thomson–East Coast MRT line, with Asiaray Connect awarded an advertising contract and a consortium, made up of SMRT Experience, JR Business Development SEA and Alphaplus Investments appointed to run retail space, marking it the first time the LTA outsourced these non-fare businesses.[185]
  • 30 August - Paya Lebar Quarter opens in Paya Lebar, with a grand opening happening on 24 October.[186]

September[edit]

  • 1 September – The collection of NRIC numbers is now made illegal.[187]
  • 2 September - BreadTalk announced that it will acquire Food Junction from Auric Pacific for S$80 million, which started on 30 August. If successful, the acquisition will make BreadTalk the third largest food operator in Singapore after NTUC Enterprise (which acquired Kopitiam in 2018) and Koufu.[188]
  • 3 September - Shopee opens its new six-storey regional headquarters at Singapore Science Park. The building can support 3,000 employees and has 244,000 sq ft of space, six times larger than the previous headquarters at Ascent Building, strengthening its push into the digital economy.[189][190]
  • 6 September - W!LD RICE's new theatre opens in Funan.[191]
  • 7 September - The National Centre for Infectious Diseases is officially opened, replacing Communicable Diseases Centre. The building has a location tracking system to pinpoint interactions between people during outbreaks, and houses Singapore's first high-level isolation unit.[192]
  • 8 September - Yishun Integrated Transport Hub opens.[193]
  • Mid-September - 2019 Southeast Asian haze: Singapore is shrouded in haze, the worst since the 2015 and 2016 haze crises.
    • 14 September - At 4pm, the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) enters the "unhealthy" range of above 100 for the first time since 2016[194], starting from 103 in western Singapore. The PSI steadily climbs up from there.[195]
    • 15 September - At 1am, all parts of Singapore registered "unhealthy" PSI readings, peaking at 124 from 5am to 8am in western Singapore.[196] Despite this, the air quality improves over the next two days, resulting in the PSI dropping to "moderate" levels.[197]
    • 18 September - The haze returns to Singapore, resulting in the PSI increasing to "unhealthy" levels seen last weekend.[198]
    • 19 September - At 4am in southern Singapore, the PSI peaks at 154. From there, the haze situation improves[199] with all parts of Singapore registering "moderate" PSI levels by 9pm.[200]
    • 21 September - The haze returns again with the PSI hitting unhealthy levels.[201]
    • 22 September - The PSI stays at unhealthy levels for almost the entire day.[202]
    • 23 September - Rain comes, bringing relief from the haze,[203] with more rain the next few days.[204]

Predicted and scheduled events[edit]

Deaths[edit]

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