Sources: In Sing | Edited By – All Things Michael
Do you remember what Singapore was like in the early 1990s?
In 1990, Lee Kuan Yew stepped down as Prime Minister after 25 years, and Goh Chok Tong was handed the baton.
In 1993, the late Ong Teng Cheong won the elections and became president. That year also saw the king of pop, Michael Jackson’s first and only performance in Singapore on his 35th birthday.
inSing looks back at the major news highlights back then.
This August 29, 1993 file photo shows American pop music star Michael Jackson performing the first of two concerts at the National Stadium in Singapore, marking his 35th birthday. He performed in front of 47,000 people.
Two Italian Michael Jackson fans hold up a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner in front of the Raffles Hotel 28 August 1993 where Jackson is staying. Jackson celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday 29 August. The pop idol was expected to be joined by his sister, Janet and Elizabeth Taylor in support for Jackson who was battling allegations of child abuse in California.
Fans of pop singer Michael Jackson hold banners, shout and give the thumbs-down while leaving Singapore’s National Stadium 30 August 1993, after the concert was postponed to Wednesday 01 September. Jackson called off his second Singapore concert citing ill health an hour after its scheduled start. Thousands of fans stormed the promoters’ office asking for ticket refunds.
Michael Jackson fan Lilly Kowsar of Los Angeles holds a poster of a child outside Singapore’s Raffles Hotel 31 August 1993. Jackson called off his second concert late 30 August 1993 citing ill health.
U.S. actress Elizabeth Taylor walks to a van after disembarking from Michael Jackson’s private plane which brought them both from Singapore 3 September 1993. Jackson gave two concerts in Taiwan 4 and 6 September 1993.
Mother Teresa (L) gives her blessing to a child at the Gift of Love Home on 20 October 1993 in Singapore. The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner was on a stop-over while enroute to China where she set up a fist home for Chinese handicapped children in Shanghai.
Newly-elected President of Singapore Ong Teng Cheong (C) is greeted by his supporters, 29 August 1993, soon after he was declared the winner in Singapore’s presidential elections. He was the fifth President of Singapore and was in office from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999.
A handout picture dated 12 February 1993 of the missing tanker Petro Ranger anchored off Singapore water. The vessel’s shipping agents, Petroships Pte Ltd. in Singapore, said they believed it was hijacked by pirates while navigating the South China Sea.
The Singapore delegation is pictured 20 September 1990 in Beijing prior to the 11th Asian Games.
A freed passenger from the hijacked Singapore Airlines Airbus receive a hug from a relative at Singapore’s Changi International Airport on 27 March 1991. The Singapore Airlines jetliner was hijacked on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 27 March 1991. Singapore army commandos stormed the aircraft and killed four Pakistani hijackers with no loss of lives among the passengers. The pirates, who claimed to be members of Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party, demanded the release of political prisoners, among whom they mentioned Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari.
A group of Vietnamese refugees lie down 22 November 1992 while on a hunger strike, which began 17 November to protest their inability to obtain resettlement in a third-country. One protestor committed suicide early 21 November. The refugees had arrived in Singapore after weeks at sea escaping the harsh conditions of communist Vietnam.
A Philippine Coast Guard personnel wipes off bunker oil from two female survivors of the Cebu City ferry boat which sunk after it was rammed by a Singapore-registered Kota Soria cargo vessel before dawn at the mouth of Manila Bay on 2 December.
Raffles Hotel still looks the same now as it did in June 1992. This photo shows the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Singapore based Raffles Holdings Ltd., whose flagship is the prestigious Raffles Hotel, said 23 April 2001 it was buying the Swissotel chain of hotels and resorts from the troubled SAirGroup for 439 million Singapore dollars (243 million USD).
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