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History of Bukit Timah
There are a few versions to the origin of the town’s name. It was thought that Bukit Timah means “tin-bearing hill”, a direct translation from Malay. Others believed Bukit Timah was a misinterpretation of the words “Bukit Temak”, which aptly means “hill of the temak trees”.
Bukit Timah Hill is Singapore’s tallest hill and where two war memorials were erected in memory of the Japanese troops who died, as well as the British soldiers who defended Singapore.
The old Ford Factory, located in Bukit Timah, was witness to the surrender of the head of Allied forces, Lieutenant General A.E. Percival to Japanese Lieutenant General Tomoyuki Yamashita on 15 February 1942, and is today a museum showcasing the events that happened during the second world war.