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Wed 03 Feb 2016

Sat 13 Feb 2016: 7.00am - The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk

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The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Sat 13 Feb 2016: 7.00am - 12.00pm

With the NUS Toddycats, volunteers of the
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum,
National University of Singapore

All are welcome, just register here.

It is 13th February 1942, and the Japanese Imperial Army which stormed through Malaya turn their attention to Pasir Panjang Ridge.

Approaching Singapore City from the west, a seasoned Japanese army is forced to engage the small force of the Malay Regiment on the high ground of Pasir Panjang Ridge.

A fierce battle is put up by men of the Malay Regiment amidst the confusion of aerial and artillery bombardment, smoke of a burning fuel dump, loss of communications and the early deaths of senior officers who had moved about to keep their men coordinated.

They would battle on for nearly two days and the company is wiped almost to the last man by the numerically superior Japanese on the eve of Chinese New Year.

The next day, on 15th of February, 1942, General Percival marches down Bukit Timah Road to surrender to General Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial Army at the Ford Factory.

The National University of Singapore is built on part of the old battleground and its forest still contains a 1930's military outpost which strategically oversees Jurong, Bukit Timah and Singapore City. In 1954, the Pasir Panjang ridge was renamed 'Kent Ridge,' and the old stone marker which commemorates this event persists to this day, often overlooked, at the Gap.

The accounts of the heroic battle left a strong impression on the Pasir Panjang Heritage Guides, so we commemorate the Malay Regiment's defense of the ridge every year. We share with you stories about the Battle of Pasir Panjang, the geography, history and the flora and fauna of the area that first drew us to explore the ridge decades ago and explain how the ridge got its name.

Our route takes us from the National University of Singapore to Kent Ridge Road and the The Gap. We then make our way to Kent Ridge Park and end at Reflections of Bukit Chandu.

Everyone is welcome – you must wake up early enough to join us at 7am and be physically fit enough to walk 5km at a moderate pace with some stairs!

Registration

  • Please register here.
  • Meet us at the University Cultural Centre at 7.00am [map]
  • This is a five hour walk and February is a hot month, so please bring at least a litre of water and some sandwiches or snacks. Rain is always possible so do bring an umbrella and waterproofing for your barang-barang!

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Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk, 13 Feb 2011
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