2013 in Singapore

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The following lists events that happened during 2013 in the Republic of Singapore.

Incumbents

Events

January

February

March

  • 13 March - The Ministry of Education announced that 15 MOE Kindergartens will be set up over the next three years, with the first 5 opening next year.[24]
  • 14 March - The Ministry of Social and Family Development announced the setting up of 20 Social Service Offices (SSOs) to help needy Singaporeans.[25]
  • 15 March - Singaporeans and PRs will get free museum entry from 18 May to promote Singapore's heritage.[26]
  • 31 March - The MediaCorp TV Channel 5 celebrates its 50-year anniversary it was established on 1963 (before on 2 April).

April

May

June

  • 12 June - After a series of financial troubles, the Changi Motorsports Hub project is called off.[39]
  • 15 June - Jem opens its doors.
  • Mid-June: 2013 Southeast Asian haze: Singapore sees its worst haze since 1997:
    • 17 June: At about 10pm, the 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) levels reading reached an unhealthy range of 155 after air quality plummeted into the "Unhealthy" range at 2pm.[40]
    • 19 June: At 9pm, the 3-hour PSI reaches 290, surpassing the previous record of 226 in 1997.[41] At 10pm, the 3-hour PSI reading reaches 321 marking the first time air quality reached "Hazardous" levels.[42]
    • 20 June: At about 1pm, the 3-hour PSI reading reaches 371.[43][44]
    • 21 June - The 3-hour PSI reaches 400 at 11am,[45] peaking at 401 at 12pm. This makes it the highest PSI reading in history.[46][47]
  • 25 June - The third series of Singapore's coins is released.[48] However, old coins from the 1st and 2nd series remain legal tender.[49]

July

  • 27 July - The National Environment Agency announced that the Tray Return Initiative will be rolled out to all hawker centres in three phases. This comes after a successful trial in 2012.[50]

August

  • 5 August - 2013 dengue outbreak in Singapore: The number of reported dengue cases reached about 14,000 at the time (including six deaths), surpassing the former record of 14,209 cases from 2005. This becomes the worst dengue epidemic in Singapore, with a total 22,318 cases (including eight deaths) logged by end-2013.[51]
  • 15 August - CleanTech One is officially opened, boosting the eco industry in Singapore.[52]
  • 18 August - Plans are unveiled to build Project Jewel and Changi T5 (including a third runway). In addition, all port activities will be consolidated in Tuas to create a Southern Waterfront City, and Paya Lebar Air Base will be moved to Changi East Airbase to free up land and lift height restrictions around the area.[53][54][55]
  • 19 August - The Ministry of Education announced that 40 places will be reserved in each primary school for those without prior ties to the school. This move aims to increase opportunities for those to study in popular schools and integration.[56]
  • 29 August - The Housing and Development Board (HDB) unveils new housing plans for Bidadari, Tampines North and Punggol Matilda.[57]
  • 30 August - The Ministry of Health announced Health City Novena, a new health complex in central Singapore. The 17-hectare complex will have 10 buildings connected by bridges and underground links, which will be fully completed by 2030.[58][59]

September

  • 2 September - The Energy Market Authority imposes a $1.5m fine for a gas leak on Jurong Island on 23 April 2012.[60]
  • 5 September - Flash floods strikes western Singapore due to heavy rain, causing a section of AYE to close.[61] As a result, the Public Utilities Board announced the building of tidal gates and expansion of the canal to take in more rain.[62]
  • 13 September - The Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System signs will be upgraded to be more readable with different colours and display real-time traffic information to help motorists make better decisions. The exercise will be completed by 2017.[63]
  • 18 September - The Tuaspring Desalination Plant is officially opened.[64]
  • 23 September - The Fair Consideration Framework is announced in a bid to ensure Singaporeans have fair opportunities for jobs.
  • 30 September - MediaCorp Teletext ceases transmission due to declining usage. In its heyday, Teletext served as a platform to receive news and information about Singapore.[65]

October

November

  • 8 November - ITE's new headquarters and ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio is officially opened, marking the completion of the 'One ITE System, Three Colleges' initiative.[82][83]
  • 12 November - 2013 Singapore cyberattacks: James Raj, the mastermind who is alleged "The Messiah", is charged in Singapore court.[84] He has since been found guilty and sentenced to 56 months jail in 2015.[85]
  • 14 November - The Ministry of Education announced a trial of Subject-Based Banding in 12 secondary schools from 2014.[86]
  • 24 November - The MediaCorp TV Channel 8 celebrates its 50-year anniversary (being established on 23 November 1963).
  • 30 November - The first Purple Parade is held to raise awareness of the special needs community.[87]

December

Deaths

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