Singaporean units of measurement

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Several units of measurement were used in Singapore to measure length, mass, etc. During 1968-70, the metric system was adopted in Singapore.[1] Apartment or office size is generally still given in square feet.

System during the later half of the 19th century[edit]

Several units were used in Singapore under Straits Settlements.

Length units[edit]

1 covid (aka. hasta) = 18 inches which is equal to 45.72 cm.[2]

Mass units[edit]

1 mace (aka. miam) = 52 grain equal to 3.36954 grams.

1 buncal (for gold) = 822 grain equal to 53.2647 grams.[2]


  1. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1. 
  2. ^ a b Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 50.