31 Aug '12, 1am

BOOK LAUNCH | 'Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes' by photographer Zakaria Zanial at 7.30pm. Details here:

Most people know Singapore’s Gurkha Contingent as the guards in blue uniforms and cocked hats – but beyond seeing the Gurkhas guarding spots around town and working the barricaded Mount Vernon Camp where they’re based, most people don’t know much about who they are and what they’ve experienced. The Gurkha Contingent was formed in 1949 as part of the Singapore Police Force, with recruits taken from the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, Nepal. Ever since, they’ve attained a reputation both here and around the world for bravery and impartiality, most notably in neutralising the Chinese-Malay riots of the 1950s and ’60s. After starting with 149 men in 1949, the force now numbers more than 2,000, with several hundred joining the Gurkha Contingent every year from a pool of more than 20,000 applicants. As with most branches of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the mandatory retirem...

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