Drive to Pepys Road in the Kent Ridge area and you will find an ivory colonial house atop a little hill. Admission to Bukit Chandu is $2 per adult ($1 if you are a SAFRA member), and kids get to go in free.
The place is cool inside but somewhat dim. Helpful staff there will take you on a tour that starts with a multimedia presentation on the Battle for Singapore. This battle lasted 7 days. Bukit Chandu was the British army’s last defensive line against the Japanese army before Singapore fell into Japanese hands on 15 Feb 1942.
Life during the Occupation was very difficult. Bukit Chandu has many exhibits that chronicle this, together with rare telephone interviews with war survivors who witnessed first hand the senseless massacre of family members.
A very moving animated short film produced by students of Nanyang Polytechnic titled “The Battle of Bukit Chandu”, features the story of Lieutenant Adnan and his men, who resisted the Japanese to the point of hand-to-hand combat and death. Their war cry was “Ta’at Setia” meaning “Loyal and True” in Jawi.
Stroll around the premises and take some time to, quietly, reflect on the momentus events that transpired on this spot some 70 years ago. Talk with your family. Find out what they are thinking and feeling.
Every generation stands on the shoulders of the one before.
Remember the men who were loyal and true. “Ta’at Setia”.