2017 in Singapore

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The following lists events that happened during 2017 in Singapore.




  • 21 January - The launch of homegrown bike sharing firm oBike. Since then, Ofo, Mobike, SG Bike, GBikes and Baicycle have launched in the following months, leading to the national bike sharing scheme scrapped.[1][2]


  • 18 February - Hougang woman Low Soh Kim won $162,550 in the MediaCorp Channel 8's long-running game show The Sheng Siong Show, surpassing Ang Siang Kiat's winnings of $135,150 as the biggest winner in the show's history [3][4] until on 12 January 2019, where Chen Si Jie's winnings of $193,400 surpassed Low's total.[5][6][7]


  • 1 April – 2G network in Singapore ceased operation.[8]


  • 2 June - Singapore recorded its largest count of job retrenchment in the first Quarter in 14 years according to Citi Research.[9]
  • 12 June - An infant-care assistant became the first Singaporean woman to be detained under the Internal Security Act for radicalism.[10]
  • 18 June - Opening of the Tuas Extension for East West MRT Line.


  • 3 July - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong convened a two-day special Parliamentary session to clear himself on accusations of abuse of power made by his siblings in a dispute over their parents' 38 Oxley Road house.[11][12]
  • 14 July - A new viaduct adjacent to the slip road from Upper Changi Road East to PIE collapsed during casting of deck, killing one construction worker and injuring 10 others.[13][14]


  • 4 August - Professor Huang Jing, a Director of Center on Asia and Globalization at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, became the first person known to be permanently banned from Singapore after being accused by the Ministry of Home Affairs for working with a foreign government to influence its foreign policy.[15][16]
  • 5 August - Construction worker dies of highly contagious bacterial infection diphtheria, the first case to resurface in 25 years.[17]
  • 6 August - Official Opening of Our Tampines Hub[18]
  • 20 August - Singapore beat Malaysia 17-4 to win its 27th SEA Games gold medal in men’s water polo. This is the country’s longest winning streak in the sport.[19]
  • 21 August - 10 US marines went missing after destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker Alnic MC east of Singapore at 5:24am.[20]
  • 31 August - Tony Tan steps down from Presidency.[21] Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers J. Y. Pillay temporarily served as acting president at the time.



  • 7 October - A major disruption of train services between Ang Mo Kio and Newton lasting 21 hours due to the flooding occurred in the MRT tunnels of the North South Line due to a malfunctioned pump.[26][27]
  • 21 October - The third stage of the Downtown Line (spanning from Fort Canning to Expo) began its operations.[28]
  • 31 October - Changi Airport Terminal 4 began its operations.



  • 22 December - Keppel O&M agreed to pay up to US$422m in fines for a bribery case to US, Brazilian and Singapore authorities in a plea deal.[30]


  • 17 April - Othman Wok, politician and ambassador (b. 1924)

See also


  1. ^ Cheong, Danson (21 January 2017). "New bike-sharing system gets rolling". The Straits Times.
  2. ^ "Plans for national bike sharing schene scrapped as presence of companies providing such services increases". The Straits Times. 24 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Superbrands" (PDF).
  4. ^ "The Sheng Siong Show returns for a brand new Season tomorrow at 9 PM exclusively on Channel 8! Facebook". Facebook. [better source needed]
  5. ^ "Highest Amount $193,400 won at Sheng Siong show!!". forums.hardwarezone.com. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Sheng Siong Mega Promotion January 2019 English" (PDF). www.shengsiong.com.sg. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Sheng Siong Mega Promotion January 2019 Chinese" (PDF). www.shengsiong.com.sg. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  8. ^ "2G Services to Cease on 1 April 2017". Info-communications Media Development Authority.
  9. ^ "Job loss in Singapore hits 14-year high in Q1". Yahoo News Singapore. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  10. ^ Cheong, Danson (13 June 2017). "First woman held under ISA for pro-ISIS activities". The Straits Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  11. ^ Yong, Nicholas (3 July 2017). "Lee family feud: MPs call for independent inquiry on abuse of power allegations". Yahoo News Singapore.
  12. ^ http://in.reuters.com/article/singapore-politics-idINKBN19P0KF
  13. ^ "Structure on highway under construction collapses near PIE, leaving 1 dead, 10 injured". Yahoo News Singapore. 14 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Uncompleted viaduct near PIE collapses; 1 dead, 10 injured". Channel NewsAsia. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Singapore bans prominent professor for influencing its foreign policy". The New Indian Express.
  16. ^ Paddock, Richard C. (5 August 2017). "Singapore Orders Expulsion of American Academic". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  17. ^ "Worker, 21, dies from diphtheria; first local case in 25 years: MOH". TODAY. 5 August 2017.
  18. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/our-tampines-hub-opens-featuring-arts-theatre-rooftop-pool-town-9097004
  19. ^ Chin, Nigel (20 August 2017). "SEA Games: Men's water polo team earn 27th gold medal in dominant fashion". Yahoo News Singapore.
  20. ^ Lendon, Brad (21 August 2017). "Navy continues search for sailors, wants answers". CNN.
  21. ^ Toh, Elgin (31 August 2017). "President Tony Tan leaves office today". The Straits Times.
  22. ^ Lai, Linette; Seow, Bei Yi; Au-Yong, Rachel (14 September 2017). "Two ships collide in Singapore waters; 7 injured, 2 dead, 3 missing". The Straits Times.
  23. ^ U-Wen, Lee. "Halimah Yacob declared president-elect after walkover victory". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  24. ^ "NSF death: Armoured vehicle lands on side while getting out of difficult terrain, says MINDEF". Channel NewsAsia. 16 September 2017. Archived from the original on 27 November 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Singapore Army officer dies in armoured vehicle crash on Queensland coast". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 16 September 2017. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Flooded MRT tunnel, trackside fire caused train disruption on NSL: SMRT". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  27. ^ Sin, Yuen (9 October 2017). "Problem with water pumps behind North-South Line disruption over weekend". The Straits Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  28. ^ Tan, Christopher (20 October 2017). "Downtown Line 3 officially opens; Khaw Boon Wan announces review of fares incurred when switching between stations". The Straits Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  29. ^ "SMRT collision second incident in MRT's 30-year history". The Straits Times. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  30. ^ "Keppel O&M to pay US$422m in fines to settle bribery probe". The Straits Times. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
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