Public Warning System to sound at 6.20pm on Sunday, marking time of WWII surrender

Public Warning System to sound at 6.20pm on Sunday, marking time of WWII surrender
It was on Feb 15 1942 that Lt-Gen Arthur Percival, leader of the Allied defence of Singapore, signed the surrender document in the presence of Lt-Gen Tomoyuki Yamashita at the Ford motor factory in Upper Bukit Timah.

The 73rd anniversary of Singapore's surrender to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 during the Second World War will be marked through the island-wide network of Public Warning System (PWS) sirens on Sunday, Feb 15 at 6.20 pm

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a statement today that the "Important Message" signal will be sounded in support of Total Defence (TD) Day.

Members of the public can immediately tune in to any local radio station for a brief message on the PWS when they hear the signal.

Previously, the PWS was sounded at 12.05pm. The new 6.20pm timing is the historical time that the British surrendered to the Japanese in 1942.

SCDF said that the adjustment in timing will give added meaning to TD Day, and also serves as a solemn reminder to Singaporeans to take emergency preparedness seriously.

Members of the public are also encouraged to learn more about the PWS signals and other emergency procedures by visiting the SCDF website at www.scdf.gov.sg.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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