Today, Pulau Tekong is made use of solely as a training base for different Singapore Military Units.
Residence to the Standard Basic Training Centre (BMTC), this is additionally where young Singaporean men are conscripted right into National Solution.
The Institution of Infantry Specialists (SISPEC), which was located Rocky Hillside Camp, moved to a brand-new school at Pasir Laba Camp in December 2005. A brand-new training location, called Sanyongkong Area Camp, has actually been finished on the recovered land south of Dogra Bridge. Constructed by the Fight Engineers, this area camp will certainly be made use of to educate Infantry as well as Guards squadrons.
It additionally supplies environment to some wild pets that are seldom seen generally island Singapore such as the leopard pet cat, Sunda sluggish loris as well as Sunda pangolin. The extensive Pulau Tekong will greatly change all training premises, like Mandai, Marsiling, Seletar, Nee Quickly, Lower Seletar, Upper Thomson as well as Simpang. The island additionally houses Singapore’s 2nd warm spring, Pulau Tekong Warm Spring in the previous premises of Kampung Unum.
Pulau Tekong Besar is just one of the island that is a training base for the different Singapore Military with an additional islands, Pulau Sudong, Pulau Pawai & Pulau Senang.
On May 29, 1990, nationwide servicemen identified a household of 3 Indian elephants which had actually swum 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) throughout the Straits of Johor. The Singapore Zoo dealt with the Malaysian Wild animals Division’s Elephant Capture as well as Translocation Device to assist in its strategy to regain the runaway elephants.
On June 10, all 3 elephants were recorded as well as moved back to the forests of Johor.
Land improvement problems
Land improvement job is presently undertaking off the southerly component of the island. Malaysia has actually referred the improvement problem to International Tribunal for the Legislation of the Sea under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Legislation of the Sea in July 2003. Consequently, the tribunal purchased a year-long joint research on the problem. The problem was fixed in April 2005 complying with the finalizing of a contract in between both nations. The contract consists of alterations of the island in “Location D”. The authorized contract was sent out to the International Tribunal for the Legislation of the Sea for last judgment.
Equipped break-in occurrence
In March 2004 Pulau Tekong was the hiding area for a team of armed burglars consisting of 2 Indonesians as well as a Malaysian. The burglars had actually run away from Malaysia, triggering off a huge worked with manhunt including Flying force helicopters, task forces, ground monitoring radar, soldiers from the second Singapore Infantry Program, soldiers from the 40th Singapore Armoured Program as well as the Singapore Law Enforcement Agency. All 3 were captured by law enforcement officer; 2 by participants of the Gurkha Section as well as one by the Cops Coastline Guard’s Unique Job Armada. They were later on billed with unlawful entrance as well as belongings of guns.
In pop culture
In Singaporean mythology, the island is regarded to be very haunted. The Singapore Broadcasting Firm (currently MediaCorp) Network 8 dramatization “Child of Pulau Tekong” represented the lives of the citizens of Pulau Tekong prior to it was become a training location for the Singaporean armed force. It is vague whether the mythology really goes back to the days when Tekong was populated by private citizens, or if the ideas emerged after the island was taken control of as armed forces area.
The National Biodiversity Centre as well as National Parks Board (NParks) will certainly be performing seaside security as well as remediation operates at the north-eastern coast of Pulau Tekong which struggles with seaside disintegration. The National Biodiversity Centre specified that the disintegration arised from the motions of ships as well as solid waves in the location. A research study NParks appointed in 2006 located that 1.65 kilometres (1.03 mi) of the north-eastern coast is most drastically impacted. The seaside disintegration postures a hazard to the 92 ha (230 acres) of mangroves in Pulau Tekong which is just one of the biggest staying mangrove locations in Singapore with a fully grown as well as uninterrupted environment. Environmentalists mention that the island is very abundant in biodiversity as well as homeowner to some unusual or jeopardized varieties, consisting of the Brush Dipteris conjugata.