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These fellow Singaporean Freemasons or Brothers are:-
Sir Charles Warren – Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
Thomas Dunman - Deputy Superintendent of Police
Thomas Braddell – First Attorney General of Singapore
James Brooke - Rajah of Sarawak
Sir Henry Keppel – Admiral of the Fleet
William Henry Macleod Read – Chairman of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce
“emphatically recognized the wisdom of liberating commerce from all restraints, under which enlightened policy this settlement has rapidly attained its present rank among British possessions and with which its future prosperity must ever be identified”
the more important but least-familiar parts of Singapore's formidably successful establishment. The Pyramid is the after-hours home for more than 300 of the country's top movers and shakers, and anyone who is anyone is said to be a member.
Although the Pyramid's membership list might read like a Who's Who of Singapore, the institution goes out of its way not to attract attention.
One well-placed Singaporean talks of the Pyramid in terms that most people would associate with a cult. He speculates on understandings forged within a cosy fraternity and designed to keep the country on its stable trajectory. The reality is perhaps less sensational but might help in understanding formation and execution of Singapore's public policy.
George Yeo Yong-Boon, the Minister for Trade and Industry and one of the Government's most promising front-benchers, is the Pyramid's president, assisted by vice-president Mah Bow Tan, who is the Minister for National Development. Michael Lim Choo San, the chairman of the National Healthcare Group, which manages half of the island's hospitals and clinics, is listed as honorary treasurer.
The first club president was Goh Keng Swee - a key ally of then-prime minister Lee - who then held the finance-ministry portfolio. He was supported by Pyramid vice-president, Jek Yeun Thong, then the political secretary in the prime minister's office.
Beneath the trees at the foot of the driveway, a small sign confirms that you have found No. 2 Goodwood Park. Bolted on top, no bigger than a paperback book, is a stylised pyramid logo. It is as close as you are likely to get to one of Singapore's best-kept secrets.
Horsburgh Lighthouse Foundation Stone in Horsburgh Lighthouse on Pedra Branca island, was laid in the presence of Governor William J. Butterworth and several distinguished guests, and took place at 1:00 pm, on 24 May 1850.
Description Inscribed on copper plate, the Foundation Stone reads:
In the year of Our Lord 1850 and in the 13th year of the reign of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland: The Most Noble James Andrew, Marquis of Dalhousie, Kt., being Governor-General of British India: The Foundation Stone of the Light-house to be erected on Pedra Branca, and dedicated to the Memory of the Celebrated Hyrdographer JAMES HORSBURGH, F.R.S. was laid on the 24th day of May, the anniversary of the Birth-day of Her Most Gracious Majesty, by the Worshipful Master M. F. Davidson, Esq., and the Brethren of the Lodge Zetland in the East, no. 748, In the presence of the Governor of the Straits Settlements, and many of the British and Foreign Residents of Singapore.
Is it really? There are about 60 lodges within 20 miles of Los Angeles. About 40 near New York City, another 40 near Chicago and 30 around Houston. These are the 4 largest US cities, with populations on par with Singapore. Doesn't really seem that far a stretch to me.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Thats 35 lodges in a single city - which is rather anomalous.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Singapore is arguably the richest, safest, cleanest places on earth. It is also the only known "benevolent dictatorship" (only semi-democratic) in the History of mankind.
Thats 35 lodges in a single city (meeting in one lodge building, there could be more) - which is rather anomalous.
Originally posted by postmeme
Eh "secret societies" in Singapore have a different context as opposed to other countries.
Over here, "secret societies" refer to gangsters i.e. Mafia/Yakuza/Triads. Rather than the typical context it is used in Western civilization.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
Brunei too? Or am I completely mistaken?
Originally posted by CSquared288
Does anyone know how lodges determine meeting frequency? On that plaque they were all over the place.
Originally posted by Tetragrammaton
I can help you out there if you want me to.