Last rites, Sungei Road and the soul of Singapore

11 07 2017

The 10th of July, marked not just the final chapter for Sungei Road, but also for the generations of traders who once coloured the streets of Singapore. The closure of the popular and well-known flea market, also known as Thieves Market and Robinson Petang, saw what are technically Singapore’s last street hawkers moved off the streets. While hope for a new beginning for the collection of mostly small second-hand goods traders does exist, their continued existence is under threat by the fact they would now be scattered across town.

Hope also lies in an initiative by the President of the Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods, Mr Koh Ah Koon, which was announced at a farewell of sorts organised for the market. Mr Koh hopes to resurrect the market on the sixth floor car park of Golden Mile Tower as early as on Saturday 15th July, 2017. Not all the traders however are making the move due to cost considerations and the location. There is also a chance that the move may not even be allowed to happen. Approval would be needed as it would involve a change in usage of a parking space. Whatever will be, the market as we knew it, will no longer be the one we came to know. The passing of this imperfect world modern Singapore has no place for, sees not just the loss of a place in the hearts of many of us, but also the loss of one of last places in which the soul of old and gentle Singapore could still be found.

Crowds were on hand to witness Sungei Road’s final moments.

Some traders decided to pack up early.

A lion dance to bid farewell.

Mr Koh Ah Koon, President of the Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods speaks to members of the media.

The now famous Mr Kulasekaran Ramiah.

An emotional goodbye.

A final sale.

Packing up for the very last time.

Enforcement wardens move in – must say they were generally helpful and friendly.

All packed and ready to go.

Some made a quicker exit.

A last ride.

The final walk.

The closure of the flea market leaves Singapore like a head without body (and soul).

The cleaners are quickly sent in.

The closure gives many of the traders a feeling of being alone in the darkness.







Last(ing) impressions

6 10 2015

Sunday, 4 October 2015, was the day we said our farewells to an old neighbourhood at Blocks 74 to 80 Commonwealth Drive, which will soon be demolished. The farewell to neighbourhood built at a time of great need during the transition from statehood to nationhood and known affectionately as the ‘Chap Lau Chu’, Hokkien for ‘Ten Storey House’ for its 10 storey flats, would have left a last and perhaps lasting impression on the large numbers of people who turned up for Sunday’s farewell party

A last stroll.

A last stroll.

A last hurrah.

A last hurrah.

A last peek.

A last peek.

A last song.

A last song.

The last photographs.

The last photographs.

A last hello.

A last hello.

A last toss.

A last toss.

A last pat.

A last pat.

A last sit down.

A last sit down.

A last reflection.

A last reflection.

A last look (1).

A last look (1).

A last look (2).

A last look (2).

A last look (3).

A last look (3).

A last visit.

A last visit.

The last hydrant.

The last hydrant.

A last ride.

A last ride.

The last tall tree.

The last tall tree.

A last descent.

A last descent.

A last show.

A last show.

A last walk.

A last walk.

The last days.

The last days.

A last boundary (the boundary wall between the former Malayan Railway land and Singapore).

A last boundary (the boundary wall between the former Malayan Railway land and Singapore).

A last look at Block 75.

A last look at Block 75.

A last sunset.

A last sunset.

The last smiles.

The last smiles.

A last glance.

A last glance.

A last gathering.

A last gathering.

A last stop.

A last stop.

A last laugh.

A last laugh.

The last goodbye.

The last goodbye.

A last shot.

A last shot.

The last game.

The last game.








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