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The following lists events that happened during 2013 in the Republic of Singapore.

Incumbents

Events

January

  • 1 January – Cheng Lim LRT station is opened for service. At the same time, trains on the Sengkang West line will run in both directions too.[1]
  • 2 January – The Personal Data Protection Commission is formed to enforce data privacy laws.

ITE College Central and Headquarters at Ang Mo Kio premises is opened.

February

March

April

May

June

  • 1 June – A new licence scheme for news websites take effect. They apply when websites report an average of at least one article per week on Singapore's affairs and attract 50,000 unique visitors or more over two months. A performance bond must also be put up and objectionable content must be removed within 24 hours.[49][50] The new rules resulted in several bloggers and websites holding protests against them.[51]
  • 12 June – After a series of financial troubles, the Changi Motorsports Hub project is called off.[52]
  • 15 June – Jem opens its doors after delays due to tenancy permit issues.[53]
  • Mid-June: 2013 Southeast Asian haze: Singapore sees its worst haze since 1997:
    • 17 June: At about 10pm, the 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) levels reading reached an unhealthy range of 155 after air quality plummeted into the "Unhealthy" range at 2pm.[54]
    • 19 June: At 9pm, the 3-hour PSI reaches 290, surpassing the previous record of 226 in 1997.[55] At 10pm, the 3-hour PSI reading reaches 321 marking the first time air quality reached "Hazardous" levels.[56]
    • 20 June: At about 1pm, the 3-hour PSI reading reaches 371.[57][58]
    • 21 June – The 3-hour PSI reaches 400 at 11am,[59] peaking at 401 at 12pm. This makes it the highest PSI reading in history.[60][61]
  • 25 June – The third series of Singapore's coins is released.[62] However, old coins from the 1st and 2nd series remain legal tender.[63]

July

  • 10 July – The Kovan Double Murders – A father and son was murdered in the father's home at Hillside Drive. The case was so named due to the son's body was dragged under a car for 1 km before being dislodged outside Kovan MRT station. The killer, a former police officer named Iskandar bin Rahmat was tried and convicted for murder, and sentenced to death.
  • 27 July – The National Environment Agency announced that the Tray Return Initiative will be rolled out to all hawker centres in three phases. This comes after a successful trial in 2012.[64]

August

  • 5 August – 2013 dengue outbreak in Singapore: The number of reported dengue cases reached about 14,000 at the time (including six deaths), surpassing the former record of 14,209 cases from 2005. This becomes the worst dengue epidemic in Singapore (since surpassed in 2020), with a total 22,318 cases (including eight deaths) logged by end-2013.[65]
  • 10 August – The Our Singapore Conversation engagements are completed, with a newsletter called Reflections released detailing five "aspirations" to guide future policies. There will be policy changes including a revamp to the Primary School Leaving Examination.[66]
  • 15 August – CleanTech One is officially opened, boosting the eco industry in Singapore.[67]
  • 18 August – Plans are unveiled to build Project Jewel and Changi T5 (including a third runway). In addition, all port activities will be consolidated in Tuas to create a Southern Waterfront City, and Paya Lebar Air Base will move to Changi East Air Base with a new fourth runway to free up land and lift height restrictions around the area.[68][69][70]
  • 19 August – The Ministry of Education announced that 40 places will be reserved in each primary school for those without prior ties to the school. This move aims to increase opportunities for those to study in popular schools and integration.[71]
  • 29 August – The Housing and Development Board (HDB) unveils new housing plans for Bidadari, Tampines North and Punggol Matilda.[72]
  • 30 August – The Ministry of Health announced Health City Novena, a new health complex in central Singapore. The 17-hectare complex will have 10 buildings connected by bridges and underground links, which will be fully completed by 2030.[73][74]

September

  • 2 September – The Energy Market Authority imposes a $1.5m fine for a gas leak on Jurong Island on 23 April 2012.[75]
  • 5 September – Flash floods strike western Singapore due to heavy rain, causing a section of AYE to close.[76] As a result, the Public Utilities Board announced the building of tidal gates and expansion of the canal to take in more rain.[77]
  • 13 September – The Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System signs will be upgraded to be more readable with different colours and display real-time traffic information to help motorists make better decisions. The exercise will be completed by 2017.[78]
  • 18 September –
    • The Tuaspring Desalination Plant is officially opened.[79]
    • A ceiling collapse happens at Jem due to a leaking water pipe, injuring three. Jem is subsequently shut until 2 October.[80][81][82]
  • 23 September – The Fair Consideration Framework is announced in a bid to ensure Singaporeans have fair opportunities for jobs.[83]
  • 30 September –
    • MediaCorp Teletext ceases transmission due to declining usage. In its heyday, Teletext served as a platform to receive news and information about Singapore.[84]
    • Dolphin Island opens at the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa, featuring bottlenose dolphins.[85]

October

November

  • 5 November – Changi Airport's Terminal 4 starts construction with completion by 2017. It will be able to handle 16 million passengers per year with new concepts tested like self-service options.[104][105]
  • 8 November – ITE's new headquarters and ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio is officially opened, marking the completion of the 'One ITE System, Three Colleges' initiative. In addition, a review to improve polytechnic and ITE education to strengthen employment chances called the Applied Study in the Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) is announced, to be finished by 2014.[106][107]
  • 12 November – 2013 Singapore cyberattacks: James Raj, the mastermind who is alleged "The Messiah", is charged in Singapore court.[108] He has since been found guilty and sentenced to 56 months jail in 2015.[109]
  • 14 November – The Ministry of Education announced a trial of Subject-Based Banding in 12 secondary schools from 2014.[110][111]
  • 24 November – MediaCorp TV Channel 8 celebrates its 50-year anniversary since being established on 23 November 1963.
  • 30 November – The first Purple Parade is held to raise awareness of the special needs community.[112]

December

  • 2 December – Westgate Mall opened its doors.
  • 3 December – Bedok Mall opened its doors.[113]
  • 7 December – River Safari's Amazon River Quest opens to the public, completing the attraction. The ride simulates the Amazon River.[114]
  • 8 December – 2013 Little India riots: A riot broke out on the streets of Little India, with 27 arrests, many injuries and several emergency vehicles overturned. One bus front windscreen was smashed. This was the second riot in post-independence Singapore, after the race riots in 1969.[115][116]
  • 12 December – After the Little India riots, a temporary alcohol ban is announced from 14 to 16 December, with Little India declared a "proclaimed area" under the Public Order (Preservation) Act. In addition, all private bus services to dormitories are suspended on 16 December, with more activities to be organised outside Little India and in dormitories.[117]
  • 18 December –
    • A near four-hour disruption of services for Circle MRT Line for 23 out of 28 stations.[118]
    • An alcohol consumption ban in Little India for weekends, public holidays and eve of public holidays will continue for six months with some shops allowed to sell alcohol with conditions.[119] Bus services will resume with half the fleet and a shorter time.[120]
  • 22 December – Opening of the Downtown MRT Line Stage 1, stretching from Bugis MRT station to Bayfront and Chinatown MRT station.[121]
  • 29 December – Opening of the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE), Singapore first undersea expressway. The expressway has the most number of lanes in Singapore with five in each direction.[122]

Deaths

  • 20 April – Huang Wenyong – Malaysian-born Singaporean MediaCorp artiste (b. 1952).[123]
  • 22 April – Lee Yong Kiat – pioneering physician (b. 1928).[124]
  • 12 May - Dai Peng (Dai Dexin) - Veteran Singaporean mediacorp actor (b. 1938).[125]
  • 7 July – Cheng Tsang Man – founder of Prima Group, Singapore's first flour mill (b. 1916).[126]

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