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Upgrading, infrastructural development


New HDB town for Sembawang

The Straits Times, 19 July 1996, pp. 72

Microfilm reel: NL20120


HDB’s build-to-order system to start in Q2 [Sembwang pilot project]

The Straits Times, 22 March 2001, pp. 10

Microfilm reel: NL22165

Also see: More attracted to ‘build to order’ HDB flats,


$51m to be spent on two projects: Dr Tan

The Straits Times, 4 Feb 1979, pp. 7

Summary: building of Sembawang New Town, and the upgrading of its surrounding areas



Up in the north

The Straits Times, 30 May 2008, pp. 109

Microfilm reel: NL29365

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Also see: Future home for the two largest HDB new towns (outlying area north)


More condo style - at HDB prices

The Straits Times, 1 Oct 2000, pp. 12

Microfilm reel: NL 20430


Upgrading upsets residents

The Straits Times, 6 June 2002, pp. 6

Microfilm reel: NL24484


True to form: 90 line up for Sembawang flats

Today, 10 June 2002, pp. 2

Summary: the sales of the flats in Sembawang



Next change at village Sembawang: Chong Pang rural scene to give way to spanking new HDB estate

The Straits Times, 1 Feb 1985, pp. 21

Summary: development of kampung in Sembawang into a housing estate



Upgrading for 180 blocks in 5 years: Khaw (Sembawang MP)

The Straits Times, 30 Apr 2006, pp. 7

Microfilm reel: NL26652


Here comes the lift… Solar powered

The Straits Times, 9 Dec 2000, pp. 3

Microfilm reel: NL22050


Getting a lift from the polls

The Straits Times, 1 April 2006, Pp. 9

Microfilm reel: NL26645


Sembawang to become the Jurong of the north

The Straits Times, 19 July 1996, pp. 1

Microfilm reel: NL20622


3 new sites included under Sers

The Straits Times, 21 Feb 2000, pp. 3

Summary: 11 old HDB blocks in Bedok, Punggol and Sembawang to be demolished, 1000 families relocated



Problems with living in Sembawang estate


Forced to sell flat due to noise

Today, 17 May 2006, pp. 26

Summary: ‘paper thin’ walls caused noise problems for several families, issue: the lack of building standards?




Applicants not keen on taking up HDB offer

The Straits Times, 1 June 1985, pp. 12

Summary: The new northern estates - including Sembawang - are too far away and unconnected despite their low prices



Chutes in 57 blocks choked with refuse

The Straits Times, 16 Aug 1988, pp. 10

Summary: errant cleaning contractor failed to pay workers, resulted in the choking of refuse chutes and dirty estates in Sembawang



Bugged by litter for 2 years

The Straits Times, 10 April 2005, pp. 36





Contestation of space


A short drive into another world: Kampung life - what it’s like and why it can’t be preserved

The Straits Times, 19 Aug 1984, pp. 3

Summary: Kampung at Sembawang, debate on whether or not it should be preserved for the future and for tourism


Also see: Chong Pang to become a HDB new town,


Minister allays fears of residents

The Straits Times, 23 April 1979, pp. 6

Summary: residents of the Kumpungs in Sembawang worry about resettlement



Adapting to HDB life


PM Lee retraces Sembawang’s change from Kampung to modern town

The Straits Times, 6 May 2006, pp. 8

Microfilm reel: NL26902


Chong Pang folks get the message

The Straits Times, 19 July 1982, pp. 13

Summary: ‘Courtesy brigade’ led by Tony Tan went around villages in Sembawang to encourage villagers to retain their courteous and friendly spirits when they are resettled to HDB flats



Shared spaces


Colonial bungalow features for Sembawang HDB flats

The Straits Times, 25 Dec 1995, pp. 3

Microfilm reel: NL20081


Another wet market to close down

The Straits Times, 3 Oct 2009, pp. 51

Microfilm reel: NL30297


A walk back in time

The Straits Times, 12 Feb 1985, pp. 14

Summary: parks and ‘idyllic’ spaces around Sembawang



Good spots [in Sembawang]

The Straits Times, 2 Oct 1995, pp. 32

Microfilm reel: NL20065






Scouting out residents in case of emergencies

The Straits Times, 29 Jan 2007, pp. 27

Microfilm reel: NL27312


Sembawang Connection

The Straits Times, 1 Apr 2006, pp. 4

Microfilm reel: NL26645


Chummy neighbours

Today, 5 Dec 2000, pp. 7

Summary: future direction of Sembawang town council to foster neighbourliness and closer ties in the neighbourhood



Folk dancing at the void decks

The Straits Times, 20 Dec 1988, pp. 26

Summary: activities in the void decks at Sembawang, such as line dancing



Kampung spirit rolls on, thanks to floor parties

The Straits Times, 29 July 2008, pp. 27

Summary: floor parties in Sembawang Crescent estates encourage interactions among residents





Mother of two has been classified as SINGLE

The Straits Times, 24 March 1987, pp. 20

Summary: Woman married to Malaysian, with two children, classified as single and was not given priority in housing allocation during the resettlement of a Kampung in Sembawang





Independent living at the Golden Jasmine

Today, 16 Sep 2006, pp. 34

Summary: studio apartments for the elderly in Sembawang



Racial/ethnic issues


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Income divide (class)


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Electoral Politics


Candidates go all-out to win hearts and minds

The Straits Times, 2 Feb 1979, pp. 6

Summary: potential MPs mingling with people from their constituencies (including Tony Tan around Semabawang)



In the crowd

The Straits Times, 7 Feb 1979, pp. 8

Summary: Tony Tan’s campaign in Sembawang during the 1979 GE



Harbans attacks resettlement policy

The Straits Times, 9 Feb 1979, pp. 15

Summary: opposition party for Sembawang Mr. Harbans Singh questions the need for the Sembawang resettlement policy, and calls Tony Tan’s $51 million dollar development plan for Sembawang an ‘election bluff’



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