|• Mayor||North West CDC
|• Members of Parliament||Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC |
Nee Soon GRC
|• Total||11.8 km2 (4.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||37th|
The Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium, the largest crematorium and columbarium in Singapore, is also located in Mandai planning area. Other features include the Sembawang Hot Springs and Sembawang Golf Course.
Etymology and history
Mandai Road was cut in 1855. The name Mandai appears in the Franklin and Jackson Plan of Singapore (1828) as a river indicated as "R. Mandi". There was also a reference of a hill called Bukit Mandai which appears as “Bt. Mandai” in the olden maps. The name is said to come from a Malay tree called "pokok Mandai". Others suggest that “Mandai” might be a corruption of mandi, meaning “bathe” in Malay, as the river could have been used for this purpose.
Parts of Mandai are commonly used as military training areas as there is undeveloped land there. The following locations are used as training areas: Kwok Min, Asrama/Ulu Sembawang, Mandai Bumbong, Gali Batu and Mandai Central. Mandai Camp and Mandai West Camp are in Gali Batu, while Mandai Hill Camp and a live firing range are in Kwok Min. Mandai is also the location of Chong Pang Camp and the Sembawang Air Base.
Because of the massive makeover with the new bird park and rainforest park, the military training area (except Sembawang Air Base and Chong Pang Camp) will soon be moved to Lim Chu Kang and Pulau Tekong. MINDEF will release all the Mandai training areas for redevelopment.
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- Victor R. Savage; Brenda S. A. Yeoh (2004), Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names, Singapore: Eastern University Press, ISBN 978-981-210-364-2.
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