Singapore plans to seal items into an SG50 time capsule

We’re into the 9th month of Singapore’s golden jubilee, and the SG50 celebration continues.

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(Don’t worry, this is more meaningful than some others.)

In an effort to preserve aspects of the country, Singapore plans to put 60 items into an SG50 time capsule, which will be opened when Singapore celebrates its 100th year in 2065.

Why 60 items when we could just have 50? Well, we don’t really know either.

From now until 1 Nov, Singaporeans can choose what goes into the capsule. You can vote for your favourite items on the project website, or propose new ones.

At absolutely nobody’s behest, we at MustShareNews have came up with a list of things that has become so synonymous with Singapore that the SG50 capsule will be incomplete without.

Here’s our list:

1. ERP in-vehicle-unit

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The in-vehicle ERP unit is the installation in vehicles that allows drivers in Singapore to pay wirelessly when drive under ERP gantries.

While the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) scheme is the bane of drivers all around the island, countries around the world like Myanmar are following Singapore’s ERP model as a successful way to manage traffic conditions. Today, there are over 80 ERP gantries around the country, which eventually leads to unplanned demonstrations of the true Singapore Spirit.

ERPs are probably the only drive-throughs that don’t promise fast food at the end. If possible, we’d ask to put the whole ERP gantry into the capsule. And bury them for good.

2.  SMRT’s reserved seats

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Meant for the elderly, pregnant, less-abled, and children, the reserved seats on board MRT trains have attracted far more attention than those it was meant for.

Today, the reserved seat is the cause of wrath for aunties, STOMP’s favourite filming location, and basically everyone’s fear.

Even if there is no space in the capsule for the seats, the ‘RESERVED SEAT’ stickers should go in.

3. Local brands like Axe Oil

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Best remembered by its smell, Axe Oil is the medicated solution for everyday sickness, from stomachache to headaches. Manufactured by Leung Kai Fook, the humble bottle has reached markets as far as Turkey and South Africa.

Locally, it can be found in most supermarkets, traditional Chinese medicine halls, and every aunty’s purse.

4. N95 masks

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The N95 respirator masks pay an ode to Singaporeans’ resilience against the 2013 haze when air levels reached dangerously unhealthy levels of PSI-over-400 and also to those who over-stocked so much in 2013 that there is still enough N95 masks lying around in their storerooms for generations to come.

5. 10-years-series

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To some this was a ray of hope, to others it was the bane of school existence. 10-years-series refer to the official compilation books of examination paper by MOE.

Love it or hate it, the 10-years-series became a large part of student life in Singapore.

6. SIA uniform: Sarong Kebaya

The iconic Singapore Girl was born following the establishment of Singapore Airlines in 1972. The distinct sarong kebaya worn by flight stewardesses was created by French designer Pierre Balmain. It comes in four colours, each representing a different rank.

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Since its conception, the Singapore Girl has travelled the world as a top class brand for Singapore Airlines. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum London created a wax figure of the Singapore Girl in 1994. Earlier this year, the Singapore Girl was unveiled in Singapore’s own Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.

7. Durians

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If we are going to be authentically Singaporean, there needs to be a way to preserve our national fruit into the time capsule.

Never mind if it’ll be rotten by the time the time capsule is opened — durians basically smell rotten anyway. At least according to Ang Mohs.

8. Llao Llao yogurt

If Llao Llao could be preseved, it will be a soft-serve reminder of Singaporeans can be obsessed with just about anything. Who knows, maybe the frozen yogurt craze would not be over in 50 years?

9. NRIC

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The identity cards that are used now have gone through multiple changes throughout history. Today’s cards are credit-card sized and were introduced in 1991. Prior to that, identity cards were too big to fit into wallets.

The first Singapore paper IC was introduced in 1948 by the colonial government and it looked like this:

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After independence, the government issued new identification cards, which were laminated. Unfortunately, the card was too big to fit into wallets.

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Eventually the current version of ICs were introduced.

10. CPF Statement

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Singapore’s Central Provident Fund(CPF) is a social security savings plan for citizens old age. The compulsory retirement savings plan has divided the country into the pro CPF group and the #ReturnOurCPF clan.

11. Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going

Flipping through the pages of his book, future generations will be able to understand the wisdom behind the man that the older generation saw.

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All hail the capsule!

It would be an insight to see what eventually makes it into the SG50 capsule. In 50 years, none of these things may resonate with Singaporeans the way they do now. And it would be a shame to see these things that create the Singaporean identity today to disappear with time.

ERP gantries though, that can go.

If you have an idea, you can contribute your suggestions to the project too.

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With references from ERP