My point: Put blast exhibit in building

Two Indonesian marines planted a bomb at MacDonald House in Orchard Road in March 1965 that killed three civilians and injured 33 others.

My late mother worked in the Cycle & Carriage office - where the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station now stands - opposite MacDonald House in the 1960s.

She would often mention how traumatised she was by the bombing in 1965 and how lucky she was not to be in the immediate vicinity at the time of the blast.

Besides those who suffered physical wounds, there must be many more, like my mother, with lasting emotional scars.

I am curious as to how MacDonald House was so named. I searched the Internet but could not find any references to its provenance.

Was the building named after a real person who had contributed to Singapore? If not, then perhaps we could consider renaming it to reflect its being the site of a heinous act of terrorism.

We could also put up an exhibit of the incident, with photographs and newspaper write-ups of it, perhaps in the building's lobby.

This will preserve the memories of those affected by the bombing and send a message that Singapore should never be subjected to such cowardly acts again.

Maria Loh Mun Foong (Ms)

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