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Imaginaries of Jurong & The Odd Story of General Leather
Hear from historian Loh Kah Seng as he treads the rich imaginaries of Jurong that propelled the transformation of the area from frontier, to industrial estate and new town. The imaginaries include the hopes of Singapore’s leaders such as Dr Goh Keng Swee, and international perspectives including that of a Japanese team of experts, whose study of Jurong has long been lost. Later, it also involved the Jurong Town Corporation’s decisive remake of the area into a “garden industrial town”.
General Leather was established in the Jurong Industrial Estate in 1964 in a joint venture between local and Indonesian businessmen and the EDB. Seven years later, the factory wound-up. What went wrong? Alex Tan Tiong Hee uncovers the industry with first-hand perspective: his father was a pioneering promoter of General Leather and chairman of its board of directors.
Dr Loh Kah Seng and Mr Alex Tan Tiong Hee are the principal investigator and co-investigator respectively on the heritage research project, Theatres of History and Memory: Industrial Heritage of 20th Century Singapore, funded by the National Heritage Board.
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