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Punggol Beach Massacre

Take a trip to Punggol Beach and experience the quiet life, freedom and nature on the clean beach.

The beach brings back grim memories to older generations because during the World War II in 1942, 400 Chinese civilians were massacred by the Japanese soldiers. Located at Punggol Point, this place is also known as Punggol Beach Massacre. The location has been marked as a national heritage site.

The Sook Ching massacre (Chinese: 肅清大屠殺) was a systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore by the Japanese military during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, after the British colony surrendered in the Battle of Singapore on 15 February 1942 during World War II. Sook Ching was later extended to include Chinese Malayans. The massacre took place from 18 February to 4 March 1942 at various places.

The Punggol Beach Massacre cost the lives of 300 to 400 Chinese, who were shot at Punggol Beach on 28 February 1942 by the Hojo Kempei firing squad, the auxiliary …

Punggol Point

Photo source: alner_s from Flickr

Punggol Point is located at the end of Punggol estate, and is one of the last undeveloped places in Singapore. A tranquil and peaceful place, it is also commonly known as Punggol Beach or Punggol End.

Punggol Point relatively isolated from the rest of Singapore. It lies at the end of a long straight road that has lush vegetation flanking on both sides.

The closest LRT station here is the Punggol Point LRT Station which is not currently in operation. SBS Transit Service 82 is available from Serangoon Bus Interchange.

Punggol Point's coastline is rocky to the east and the beach is sandy to the west. The field to the west leads to Seletar Punggol Park and Punggol Point Holiday Camp and the forest to the west leads to the other parts of Punggol. The sea leads to Malaysia. To the east there are two large large islands, Pulau Punggol Timor and Pulau Punggol Barat. Pasir Gudang is visible from Punggol.

There is a small jetty that serves as a pickup point for …

Application Process for BTO Projects

1. Launch BTO Exercise

HDB announces in the newspapers, HDB InfoWEB and other media, the Sites where flats are to be built. Information on the location, indicative prices, preliminary designs and the number of units of flats offered is also made available.

Check that you are eligible for an HDB loan or a bank loan, the loan quantum that you are eligible for and the flat-type that is within your affordability.

Check that you are able to pay an option fee, downpayment and the other costs related to the purchase such as legal fees, resale levy, renovation cost, home protection insurance, etc.

2. Submit Application

You must submit your flat applications online via HDB InfoWEB at

Those without internet access can also visit HDB Hub or any of HDB’s Branch Offices to submit their application.

A non-refundable administration fee of $10 is payable by cashcard or credit card (Master Card /Visa).

3. Receive Outcome Of Application

At the end of the three-week application period, HDB will b…

Punggol Reclamation

In 1983, the government announced that it would undertake a reclamation project in which 277 ha of land would be reclaimed over the next three years at a cost of $136 million. The Straits Times reported on 5 March 1983 that the reclaimed land would be used for certain industrial and agricultural activities at first, but would eventually be supplanted by flats supplanted by flats developed by the Housing and Development Board (HDB). The report also stated that the reclaimed soil would come from Tampines, the granite quarry at Pulau Ubin, and dredging the seabed off Punggol.

The Northeastern Coast Reclamation Project
In October 1984, Parliament approved yet another reclamation scheme for Punggol, this time a massive project known as the Northeastern Coast Reclamation Scheme. The scheme would reclaim 875 ha of shallow foreshore and swampland at the northeastern coast of Singapore from Pasir Ris to Jalan Kayu (including Punggol). Costing $874 million, the project was undertaken by the HDB, …

Matilda House

Matilda House is one of the oldest houses in Singapore. Located in Punggol, it is very close to the Soo Teck LRT Station. The house was originally built in 1902 for Mr Joseph Cashin, whose family history in Singapore can be traced back to the early 1840s. It has entrances on two sides of the main building, an open balcony at the front facade, and a long verandah. The house is now uninhabited and is currently in ruins.

Matilda House was given conservation status by Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority in February 2000. Despite redevelopments in the surrounding area, it stands as a reminder of the past to the residents of Punggol. It is a frequent haunt for photographers, especially for those who want to take night shots of the place.

Click here for full article from Wikipedia.

Check out SPI (Singapore Paranormal Investigators) exposé of the Matilda House.
Article comes complete with write-up, day & night patrol overview and lots of pictures.

Punggol Nursery

Photo credit: aussiegall on Flickr

Sing See Soon Floral & Landscape
32 Punggol East
#01-01 Singapore 828824

Interactive showroomBeautifully decorated walk-in gardensLarge walk-in cooler for floral selectionSolemnization venue for rentAmple parking space

BBQ Pits

There are 6 BBQ Pits available for booking in Punggol and they are located at:
Blk 637D
Blk 642D
Blk 644 Pit 1 & 2
Blk 650 Pit 1 & 2

Duration of Usage of BBQ Pit:
6pm - 10pm

Booking Fee:
$6 - Mon to Thu
$10 - Fri, Sat, Sun, Public Holidays and Eve of Public Holidays

Turn on water supply at your bbq pit: 6489-0520
Fees involved.

Booking Venue:
Punggol Meadows RC
Blk 642D Punggol Drive #01-373 Singapore 824642
Tel: 6425-9263

Opening Hours: Every Wednesday 8pm - 9:30pm

Most Sellable Estates - Feb 09

Most Sellable Estates Based on Overall Volume for February 2009:

1. Woodlands
2. Jurong West
3. Tampines
4. Bedok
5. Hougang
6. Yishun
7. Pasir Ris
8. Sengkang
9. Ang Mo Kio
10. Bukit Batok
11. Choa Chu Kang
12. Clementi
13. Punggol
14. Bukit Merah
15. Bukit Panjang
16. Queenstown
17. Sembawang
18. Kallang / Whampoa
19. Toa Payoh
20. Serangoon
21. Jurong East
22. Geylang
23. Bishan
24. Central
25. Marine Parade
26. Bukit Timah
27. Lim Chu Kang

Kite Flying in Punggol

The Singapore Kite Association was registered in the Republic of Singapore in September 1982.

Members build and fly oriental kites, using both traditional and modern materials.

When there are well-publicised festivals, many more flyers appear on the scene!

Members fly in these locations every Sunday -

Punggol vacant field next to Oasis LRT Station
Vacant field between Punggol Field and TPE

Singapore Kite Association

Online Kite Store
Contact Person: Patrick Tan
HP: 8223-1960

From slums to world-class city

As published in The Straits Times
17 Feb 09 (Tuesday)

Punggol, the rural backwater which was home to fishing communities (top), is slated to be transformed into Punggol 21+ (below). With a waterway, jogging tracks and al-fresco restaurants, the suburb will be the inspiration for future HDB towns.

THE World Bank has held Singapore up as a model of a country which managed to transform its slums and become a world-class city.

In its annual World Development Report 2009, the World Bank attributed this achievement to a government known for its accountability, meticulous planning and coordinated action.

The report discusses the relationship between geography and development and says that a key part of a country's success lies in implementing sound policies that develop economic activity.

It also observes that stopping people from rural areas migrating to cities can be counter productive as this can stifle innovation and growth.

But by instituting flexible regulations and…

Suburban Run @ North East

The freshest race of the season! The Suburban Run @ North East is a fresh out-of-the-city running event set against the natural backdrop of the North East district.

What's special about this race is - the main category of 'Two-in-a-team'. Take part in the race with your best friend, your parent, your kid, your brother or sister or even your neighbour. You will start the race together and run the same distance. The fastest time wins!

Race Event Details
Date: 15 March 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 8am to 12pm
Venue: Sengkang East Drive

Each participant will receive an Event Running Top worth $20.
All participants must collect their race pack containing essential race items at the Race Expo.

Race Expo Information
Compass Point
1 Sengkang Square Singapore 545078
Service Desk Hotline: 6881-2707
Date: 7 Mar 09 (Sat) - 8 Mar 09 (Sun)
Time: 11am - 8pm

Race Route Map
(Click to enlarge)

Race Categories & Normal Fees

Individual Category:
5km Individual Competitive - $24
10km Individual Competitive - $26


Punggol Early History

Located in the vicinity of the Punggol Jetty, Punggol was believed to have existed 200 years ago before Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore. The Punggol area used to be a well-established rural district dotted with farmhouses and farm structures, which were serviced by roads and dirt tracks. It was one of the oldest settlements in Singapore. The original settlers were predominantly Malays.

The early Chinese immigrants, who settled in Punggol from the mid 19th century onwards, were engaged in plantation work, mainly rubber. As more and more Chinese immigrants settled in Punggol, poultry farming and pig rearing activities flourished. Trading on farm produce, fruits and vegetables was carried out in the marketplace at the former eighth milestone of Punggol Road. The Serangoon River mouth became the docking point for fishing boats where fishermen gathered to sell their catch.

In the 1960s, basic amenities like piped water, electricity, paved roads, and drainage systems were introduced th…

Punggol Etymology

Punggol Point or Tanjong Punggol appears as Tanjong Rangon on Franklin and Jackson's 1828 map of Singapore. Punggol, also spelt as Ponggol, means "hurling sticks at the branches of fruit trees to bring them down to the ground" in Malay. It could also refer to a place where fruits and forest produce are offered wholesale and carried away. These possible names indicate that Punggol was a fruit growing district. The place is said to take its name from the river Sungei Ponggol. Yet another interpretation is that it is a rendezvous point for those who await the wholesale agent who buys and takes the produce to the market.

Ponggol also means "a stump of a tree", especially "a high stump". There are suggestions that the word is Tamil (Pongal, "the feast of the boiling rice", is celebrated when the sun enters the sign of Capricorn), but the word is clearly Malay and not Tamil.

Article extracted from Wikipedia

Punggol 21-plus

Source: The Straits Times
07 Feb 09 (Saturday)

Punggol 21-plus

This, said Mr Mah, is not just a rehash of the Punggol 21 plan. "There are some very new aspects of the Punggol 21-plus plan which was never envisaged in the original Punggol 21."

The construction of the first 2.4km of the Punggol Waterway costing $145 million is one of them. The contract has just been awarded and the waterway is slated for completion by the end of next year.

The first sale site for a mixed commercial and residential development at the town centre will be launched by 2011. When the two developments are completed, Punggol will enjoy a "first class" waterfront environment, said Mr Mah.

Excerpt of the article "No let-up in remaking Singapore into top location".

Fire Post & Police Station

Punggol North Fire Post
Blk 176A Edgefield Plains
Singapore 821176
Tel: 6315-8650/1/2
Click here for map.

Nearest Police Station
Sengkang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC)
2 Sengkang Square
#01-02 Singapore 545025
Tel: 1800 343-8999 (toll-free)
Fax: 6343-8939
Click here for map.

Punggol North Dragon Boat Team

The Punggol North Dragon Boat Team was formed in 2007 and is currently made up of 90% residents of Punggol North.

The team welcomes all physically fit male and female residents of all ages.

Registration forms are obtainable at:
Punggol 21 Community Club
Blk 172C Edgedale Plains
#01-472 Singapore 823172

For more information, please contact Eric Lim at 6312-0508.

Clickherefor Dec 08 recruitment drive brochure.

Shuttle Bus - Punggol Mrt / Punggol Plaza

Punggol Plaza

168 Punggol Field #02-08A Singapore 820168
Tel: 6343-8293

Photo courtesy of Diavonex

Parking Fees
First Hour Free
$1 for each subsequent hour

LRT Station
Coral Edge Station (PE3)
Click here for Punggol LRT post.

Bus Services
3, 62, 83, 569, 581
Click here for Punggol Bus Directory post.

Free Punggol Plaza Shuttle Bus Service

Route 1: Punggol Plaza → Punggol MRT
Operating Hours: Daily (0650-2200)
Frequency: 20 min
(Between 0650-1430, 1500-2200 except 1430, 1520, 1600, 1640, 1720, 2020 on Weekdays and 1150, 2120 on Weekends)

Route 2: Punggol Plaza → Sengkang MRT
Operating Hours: Daily (0710-2200)
Frequency: 25-30min(Between 0710-2120 except 1415, 1535, 1655 on Weekdays)
Frequency: 20 min(Between 2120-2200)

Related Posts:
Punggol Plaza - Shuttle Bus Schedule
Punggol Plaza - Tenants List

Blood Donation Drive

BLOOD DONATION DRIVE @ Punggol 21 Community Centre

Organised by Punggol 21 CC WEC

15 February 2009, Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm

Venue : Activity Rooms @
Punggol 21 CC
Blk 172C Edgedale Plains #01-472 Singapore 823172
Tel: 6312-0508

(Nearest LRT/MRT: Coral Edge/Punggol; Bus Services No.: 3, 62, 83, 84)

Please bring along your NRIC (Passport for non-Singaporean) or donation card.
For donors aged 16 and 17, please bring along signed Bloodbank Parental Consent Form.

For more information:

Health Sciences Authority:
Singapore Red Cross:
Donor Web:

Contact Info :
Singapore Red Cross Blood Donor Recruitment Programme - 6220-0183

Punggol 21 Community Centre

Blk 172C Edgedale Plains #01-472 Singapore 823172
Tel: 6312-0508
Fax: 6312-0534
Operating Hours: 2pm - 10.30pm
Payment Hours: 2pm - 10pm

Click through to for the list of courses and activities offered at Punggol 21 CC.
Map of Punggol CC.

Punggol 21 CC is on Facebook - here's the link to join the group.

Punggol 21 CC has moved!  Click the following link for the details of the new CC.

Singapore Kite Day on Valentine's Day 2009

Stunt Kites Performances Family Kite Flying Kite Painting Workshop Kite Demonstration Flea Market International Kites from Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and United Kingdom

Date : 14-15 Feb 2009
Time : 12pm to 6pm
Venue : Open Field next to Oasis LRT along Punggol Drive
Contact Person : Mr Edmund Low
Contact Detail : 6312-0508

For only $3.00, young couples, singles and families will receive a Happy Valentine kite kit, a fruit pack and a lucky draw ticket.
**The Happy Valentine kite kits are available on a first-come-first served basis.

Tickets are available from Punggol 21 CC and all Punggol RCs.

Online resource:

This event is organised by Punggol North CSC, Punggol Meadows RC, Punggol Coral RC, Punggol Meridian RC, Punggol Oceanus RC & Punggol North CDEC.

Related post: Singapore Kite Day 2009 - Photos

Ponggol or Punggol?

Fang Zhirong came across this signboard near Punggol (or is it Ponggol?) which showed two versions of the streetname.

He was puzzled enough to send this query in.

STOMP did a check, and dug up this Straits Times article on the spelling of the town name.

May 8, 2001

For instance, few in Punggol or Ponggol, as it is sometimes spelt, can recall the activity of "hurling sticks into trees to bring fruit down", that could have prompted the area's Malay name.

However, there is another possible meaning of the word - a "place where fruit and produce are offered wholesale."

It appears that both are correct.

Article and photo source: Stomp

Related posts:
Punggol Etymology

Punggol Prawning

Punggol Prawning at Punggol Marina Country Club offers the exciting pond prawning. Prawning is actually a spin-off from the word fishing, except that now what you are attempting to catch are prawns.

The equipment consists of a light pole with a line attached to a colourful float and a tiny hook. Bait comes in the form of pea-sized cut cockles or chicken hearts.

BBQ pits are available for free for all customers. BBQ kits costs $2/pack and comes complete with charcoal, aluminium foil, fire starters and satay sticks. You can also bring your own food along. Beer and beverages are available for sale over the counter.


The rates are based on per fishing rod basis: $15 for one hour session$25 for two hours session$30 for three hours session For the three hours session, you can choose to utilise part of the package and use the remaining time balance another time.

Prices include the rental of prawning equipment and baits.

Open for 24 hours daily.

Punggol Prawning
600 Ponggol Seventeenth Avenue

Meet-The-People Sessions

Meet-The-People Sessions for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Punggol North

Blk 171C Edgedale Plains
#01-438 Singapore 823171
Tel: 6875-8913
Fax: 6875-8678

Every Monday : 8:00pm to 10:00pm

(except the 5th Monday of the month, Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays)

Ms Penny Low
Pasir Ris - Punggol Town Council
MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC (Punggol North)

Punggol South

Blk 277B Compassvale Link
#01-264 Singapore 542277
Tel: 6556-3209
Fax: 6481-8020

Every 1st Monday of the month: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Blk 535 Hougang Street 52
#01-18 Singapore 530535
Tel: 6385-1030 / 6386-4055
Fax: 6385-3072

Every Monday: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

(Every 2nd, 3rd & 4th Monday of the month)

Mr Teo Ser Luck
Senior Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports & Ministry of Transport
Vice-Chairman, Pasir Ris - Punggol Town Council
MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC (Punggol South)

Punggol East

Blk 124A Rivervale Drive
#01-193 Singapore 541124

Punggol Members of Parliament (MP)

Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Advisors

Mr Teo Chee Hean
Minister for Defence
MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC
1st Adviser, Pasir Ris - Punggol Town Council
Advisor to Pasir Ris West Grassroots Organisations

Mr Charles Chong You Fook
MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC
2nd Adviser, Pasir Ris - Punggol Town Council
Advisor to Punggol Central Grassroots Organisations

Dr Ahmad Bin Mohamed Magad
MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC
Chairman, Pasir Ris - Punggol Town Council
Advisor to Pasir Ris East Grassroots Organisations

Mr Teo Ser Luck
Senior Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC
Advisor to Punggol South Grassroots Organisations

Ms Penny Low
MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC
Vice-Chairperson, Pasir Ris - Punggol Town Council
Advisor to Punggol North Grassroots Organisations

Meet-The-People Sessions

Blk 171C Edgedal…

Punggol RC

Punggol North Constituency Office
Punggol 21 Community Centre
Blk 172C Edgedale Plains
#01-472 Singapore 823172
Tel: 6312-0508
Fax: 6312-0534

Punggol Coral RC
Blk 126D Edgedale Plains
#01-324 Singapore 824126
Tel: 6315-8195

Blk 126A - 126D Edgedale Plains
Blk 128A - 128D Punggol Field
Blk 130 Edgedale Plains
Blk 132 - 135 Edgedale Plains
Blk 138 - Edgedale Plains

Punggol Cove RC
Blk 101C Punggol Field
#01-464 Singapore 823101
Tel: 6315-4695

Blk 101A - 101D Punggol Field
Blk 102A - 102D Punggol Field
Blk 103A - 103C Edgefield Plains
Blk 104A - 104B Edgefield Plains
Blk 105A - 105D Edgefield Plains

Punggol Gardens RC
Blk 163A Punggol Central
#01-177 Singapore 821163

Blk 160A - 160B Punggol Central
Blk 161A - 161B Punggol Central
Blk 162A - 162B Punggol Central
Blk 163A - 163B Punggol Central
Blk 165A - 165B Punggol Central
Blk 166A - 166B Punggol Central
Blk 171A - 171C Edgedale Plains
Blk 172A - 172C Edgedale Plains

Punggol Grove RC
Blk 204A Punggol Field
#01-288 Singapore 821204
Tel: 6312-6747

Blk 293 - 299 Punggol Central

'Coastal' Punggol next big draw?

As published in The Electric New Paper
01 February 2009 (Sunday)

GETTING READY: Construction of the homes has yet to begin, but work is already underway to flatten the ground. --TNP PICTURE: KUA CHEE SIONG

IT LOOKS like a desolate wasteland now. On one side, the ground is dry and cracked; on the other is a small marsh covered in vines.

It's hard to imagine at the moment, but this site is set to transform into one of Singapore's premier waterfront estates in 2011.

Welcome to Punggol 21-plus, touted as one of the first public housing projects where residents can live close to water.

The major feature will be a 4.2km Punggol Waterway flowing through the eastern and western parts of Punggol.

It is slated to have water sports facilities, as well as scenic landscaping with alfresco dining.

With such attractive features, it's no wonder that the demand for flats in the area has exceeded the supply by more than three times.

High demand

According to the HDB website, 2,403 applications were su…

S$144.6m contract awarded for Punggol redevelopment

As published in Channel NewsAsia
29 Jan 09 (Thursday)

SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has awarded a S$144.6 million contract to Koh Brothers Building and Civil Engineering Contractor to develop Punggol estate into a premier waterfront town.

Plans to revamp Punggol were announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally in August 2007. They include the construction of a 4.2—kilometre waterway which will be connected to Sungei Punggol.

Construction of the waterway is scheduled to start in February and complete by the fourth quarter of 2010.

Residents in Punggol can look forward to various recreational activities that range from water sports to walks on landscaped promenades along the banks of the waterway.

More than 4,000 public flats have already been launched in Punggol. By end—2011, there will be about 23,000 completed flats in the estate.

In the longer term, another 21,000 units of public and private housing will be built along the waterway for residen…