Review of an exhibition at the WWII Interpretative Centre
Venue: Bukit Chandu, Pasir Panjang District, Singapore
A sobering exhibition focusing on the historic events which led to the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942. The bravery of the Malay Regiment whom fought so heroically in the last major battle for Singapore on the 13th and 14th February 1942 in the vicinity of the museum is brought to life using multimedia and artifacts from the period. The full horrors of war are poignantly captured in the personal testimony’s of soldiers and civilians caught up in the chaos of an important part of Singapore’s history.
The museum building is the last surviving colonial bungalow and was developed into a WWII Interpretative Centre 60 years after the end of the war to commemorate the sacrifice and gallantry of the Malay Army. Bukit Chandu is the Malay name for Opium Hill, reputed to having been named after a British-owned opium packing plant established in 1910.