A time capsule buried in Singapore's main sports stadium in 1970 and containing coins, newspapers and sports memorabilia could not be located and has sparked a frantic search for it.
The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) has hired contractors to scour the stadium, including the VIP car park, for the missing copper capsule, which was buried under the National Stadium's foundations.
The capsule was buried under the foundation stone at Kallang by then Minister for Finance Goh Keng Swee on Feb 23, 1970, three years before the National Stadium was officially open by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
|SPH archive photo
Singapore's National Stadium -- the venue for sporting events as well as the annual national day parade -- is due to be torn down later this year to make way for a new sports complex. The capsule was to have been put on display for the public, ahead of this Saturday's "Field of Dreams" event at the stadium.
The metal capsule was thought to have been buried in front of the staircase leading up to the grandstand tribune, where there used to be a fountain. The foundation was removed in the last 1970s.
But efforts to locate it drew a blank, prompting the SSC to bring in contractors a month ago to scour various areas in the stadium where it could have been buried.
Mr Parameswaran Seenivasagam, a corporate and marketing communications manager of the SSC told AsiaOne today: "We are still in the process of locating the capsule and and have sought the help of various people who were involved with this project then.
"We have some documents to guide us in the search but they are not accurate."
Asked if the capsule was indeed buried under the foundation stone, why did the search turn up nothing, Mr Parameswaran said: "We are still trying to verify that."
According to file reports, a special relay was held to mark the laying of the capsule. Singapore's sporting stars, sprint legend C. Kunalan and high-jump champion Noor Azahar took part in it. Azahar was the one who handed the cylinder to Dr Goh.