The Former Combined Operations Room Exhibition


The Former Combined Operations Room  (fCOR) Exhibition
Courtyard, 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace, Singapore 168976


From Chinatown MRT, use exit C to get to the People's Park Complex Food Centre. Exit from the back of the Food Centre and take a flight of stairs up to 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace. The event venue is at the courtyard on the left of the building.

There is a public car park at the venue.

Alternatively, visitors may park at the People's Park Multi-Storey Car Park. Please walk along Park Crescent, up a flight of stairs to 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace. The event venue is at the courtyard on the left of the building.

Visitors may also park at the Car Park at the former Lower Barracks along Eu Tong Sen Street. Please walk up the hill along Pearl's Hill Terrace to arrive at the event venue.

We regret that there is no complimentary parking available.

Situated in a bomb-proof bunker, the fCOR is a significant and iconic historical structure of the SPF. It was the nerve centre where major crises have that shaped current Singapore were managed and resolved. These include the numerous communal and communist related incidents, such as the 1956 Chinese Middle School Riots, Konfrontasi, and the 1969 racial riots.

The exhibition re-creates the 1950s settings and furnishings of the fCOR, specifically after 25 October 1956 when combined operations between the army and police were activated after 4,000 students protested against the de-registering of the Singapore Chinese Middle School Students' Union (SCMSSU) by staging a stay-in demonstration that progressively turned violent.

The exhibition tours runs from Tuesday till Saturday, and closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

NOTE: The exhibition is open for public tours again.

1st Tour - 10.00am
2nd Tour - 10.45am
3rd Tour - 11.30am
4th Tour - 2.00pm
5th Tour - 2.45pm
6th Tour - 3.30pm
7th Tour - 4.15pm

Each tour lasts approximately 30 - 45 minutes. 
All tours are guided and will be conducted in English.
Admission is free.

The maximum capacity per session is 10 participants per tour.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
All tours are by bookings only. Walk-ins will not be entertained.

Please email or call +65 8781 3097, during office hours (0900hrs to 1700hrs), Tuesdays to Saturdays, to book your tour with us.

Please provide the following information in your e-mail:

Contact number:
No of visitor(s):
Preferred day and time slot 1:
Preferred day and time slot 2:
Preferred day and time slot 3:

NOTE: We seek your kind understanding to allow us some time to make the arrangements and get back to you. We regret that we would not be able to facilitate the tour for you or your group if your booking has not been confirmed by us prior to your arrival at the venue.

As the exhibition is held in the original bunker that housed the fCOR, please inform the guide if you have any respiratory illnesses or prior history of asthma for precautionary reasons. The guide would be able to pay more attention to you and stop the tour if you are feeling unwell.

Due to the narrow corridors in the bunker, visitors are encouraged not to use/bring prams, wheelchairs, and bulky items to the exhibition.

In the event of rain, umbrellas will be provided but the ground may be slippery. Therefore, please refrain from wearing slippers or shoes that are worn out when coming for the exhibition to prevent unnecessary injuries.

fCOR Stories:

CPT (Ret) Donald Wyatt

Mr Wyatt was among the first batch of about 400 called up for National Service in Singapore and the Singapore Corp of Signals was formed from that group.

"During the 1969 race riots in Singapore, I was the O.I.C. of the Public Relations Branch MID - Capt Donald Wyatt, and I actually sat in the 'well' observing the development of security operations on the ground as they were tracked on the screen. Sometime at about 12 midnight, a press statement was prepared and I would take it along with a police escort and delivered the press release to the main newspapers in Singapore."
CEED Alumni member, CPT (Ret) Donald Wyatt

Mr. George Matthews

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As a young police officer, George’s first posting was to the Command Operations Room where he was made to guard the entrance for eight-hour stretches. 

Fast forward to 2015, George Matthews strikes a shy pose in front of a vintage Volkswagen Beetle, the words “POLICE” emblazoned across its side. “This is the exact same car that I used to drive,” he shares, his eyes lighting up. Dubbed the “Triple Nine car”, these vehicles were despatched for emergency cases such as robberies or gang fights, common occurrences back in the seventies. 

 From 1975 – 1995, George was part of the police force, and though he has seen his fair share of heists and other heinous crimes, it was this particular incident that left the deepest impression in his life.

“It was at Chin Swee Road,” recalls George. “There was a girl on the fifteenth floor who was about to jump down but I was able to catch her and pull her in.”

“The first question she asked was, ‘why did you save me?’.” 

“I just said, ‘it is my duty’.”

Note: Image and story are courtesy of Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office.

Mdm. Evelyn Wong

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Madam Evelyn Wong starts to choke with emotion as she recalls a particular day at the Paya Lebar Police Station. It was in the 1960s and that faithful day, a riot had broken out. Stationed in the front office, Madam Wong suddenly found herself facing streams of bloodied people seeking medical attention. Ambulance after ambulance, she called for help as fast as she could, but the wounded continued to come in through the doors.

Having joined the police force when she was just 18, Madam Wong lets in that she was really just “looking for a job”, but it was one that turned into a passion, lasting some 32 years. She recalls the three years spent at the Combined Operations Room where she became a “Triple Nine girl”, taking distress calls from the public and despatching the radio cars where they were needed.

“It was very stressful,” she recalls, sharing that gangster fights and armed robberies were commonplace. Those days, students also went on strikes and there was even a hijacking case.

In retrospect, Madam Wong shares that she now feels “excited” thinking about her days of action in the police force, but she is thankful that the Singapore we have today is peaceful, safe and secure.

Note: Image and story are courtesy of Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office.

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