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Pulau Semakau, Singapore

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Pulau Semakau or Semakau Island is located to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. The Semakau Landfill is located on the eastern side of the island, and was created by the amalgamation of Pulau Sakeng, and "anchored" to Pulau Semakau. The Semakau Landfill is Singapore's first offshore landfill and now the only remaining landfill in Singapore.
Pulau Semakau was home to a small fishing village, as was the nearby island of Pulau Sakeng (Chinese: 锡京岛) which was also known as Pulau Seking. Houses built on both islands were perched on stilts as most of the villagers were subsistence fishermen, making a living off the nearby coral reefs. Both islands had a few provision shops but the community centre was located on Pulau Semakau while the Pulau Sakeng Police Post (manned by a Marine Police officer of the Singapore Police Force) was situated on Pulau Sakeng.
In 1987, the Singapore government, after having acquired the land on both islands from the islanders, set about relocating the islanders to the mainland where they were resettled in the Bukit Merah and Telok Blangah housing estate areas by HDB. One of the oldest residents continued to live on the Pulau Sakeng despite his family having been resettled but he eventually moved out as well in 1991, as the island's jetty fell into a sorry state of disrepair. The Singapore SPCA was tasked to round up the few cats that were left behind after his departure.
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  • It is a company educational trip to Semakau Island and a lot of things to learn on the development of Singapore and it's plan for the future.. It is a beautiful island made up of Singapore mainland di...  more »
  • We only visited as we had friend who does consulting on island. Interesting attraction and tour of landfill  more »
  • A knowledgeable educational trip. Must prebook with NEA. Can come with a proper guide and bus tour. But remember to bring your shade and sun tan lotion please.  more »
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