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Tue 07 Feb 2006
Sun 12 Feb 2006: 7am - 11am: Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Category : heritage
Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
13th February 1942 - Japanese troops storming through Malaya have invaded Singapore and are close to capturing the city. Approaching from the west, the 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 ensues amidst much confusion from the aerial bombardement, burning fuel, loss of communications and the early deaths of senior commanding officers.
The soldiers of the Malay Regiment battle on for nearly two days but are ultimately wiped out by the numerically superior Japanese.
The British surrender the following day, 15th February 1942.
A decade later, the British rename the ridge 'Kent Ridge'. Synonymous with the National University of Singapore, the name belies a secret past. Nestled behind the laboratories and lecture theatres of NUS are former military outposts that oversee the Jurong River, Bukit Timah and Singapore City - testament to the strategic importance of the ridge.
The battle accounts left a strong impression on us, and so every year we commemorate the Malay Regiment's defense of the ridge and share with visitors the stories about the Battle of Pasir Panjang as well as the geography, flora and fauna that first brought us to this ridge.
All are welcome.
To register, please do the following:
You will receive a reply. Registered participants will meet the Raffles Museum Pasir Panjang Guides at the University Cultural Centre at 7am. Visit the Pasir Panjang/Kent Ridge Heritage Webpage for more information about the ridge.
Join us as a guide!