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 13 FEB 2024  |  ISSUE 492

Dear Members and Friends

82 years ago on 15 February 1942, Singapore fell to the invading Japanese forces. The next 3+ years of occupation brought death and suffering, untold misery, economic dislocation and severe food shortages.

2024 marks 40 years since Total Defence Day was inaugurated. To commemorate Total Defence Day, the Important Message signal of the Public Warning System is sounded at 6.20pm each year on 15 February. 6.20pm was the exact time the British surrendered Singapore to Japan in 1942.

We mark 15 February every year as Total Defence Day as a reminder of what could happen to us if we cannot defend Singapore ourselves. We mark Total Defence Day every year to strengthen our collective resolve to keep Singapore safe, secure and sovereign. #neverforget15Feb1942

The key word here is “collective” because everyone has a role to play. The business community knows full well that without unity of purpose, without deterrence, without National Service there would be no security, no peace and no economy.

Supportive employers play a critical role in Total Defence. With your support, our NSmen are able to better balance their NS responsibilities and work commitments.

An inaugural Exercise SG Ready will be held at various locations across the island from 15 Feb to 29 Feb 2024. This exercise aims to simulate disruptions of daily life and necessities arising from widespread cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns and drone attacks. Being prepared is a key component of Total Defence. Show your support and check out the Total Defence resources here:

The Chamber and its members salute our Armed Forces, all past and present servicemen and women and all past and present NSmen. We also salute all essential frontline workers and every Singaporean and resident who enable our lives.

#SupportNS Ministry of Defence of Singapore The National Service (NS) Champions #WeAreTotalDefence #TogetherWeKeepSingaporeStrong

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive



Ad Hoc Announcements Ad Hoc Announcement

The Chamber and its Certification Services Department will be closed as follows in addition to the gazetted public holiday in February 2024:

  • 20 February 2024 (Tuesday) from 11.30am to 2.30pm for an annual staff lunch

Please take note of these dates and advise all your relevant agents and colleagues to minimize inconvenience to you and to them.


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