By Koh Hui Theng 10/11/10
Wanted: The “lost” time capsule in the National Stadium.
The reward? A whopping $50,000.
This is the prize awaiting the worker who unearths the time capsule, which remains missing after a massive search in 2007, when the stadium was first supposed to be torn down.
Now that the demolition of the stadium to make way for the $800 million Sports Hub has begun, it may be the last chance to find this piece of sporting history.
According to a director involved in the project, the $50,000 bounty was included in the contract agreement with Beng Soon Machinery Services, a sub-contractor taking part in the demolition.
There has been little publicity about the monetary offer as he wants to prevent treasure-seekers turning up at the site, which is closed to everyone except those involved in the project.
A copper cylindrical time capsule, almost one metre in length, was buried in the ground under the Foundation Stone of the old National Stadium in Kallang by then Minister for Finance Goh Keng Swee on Feb. 23, 1970.
It contained newspaper articles, books, specimen coins, bank notes and sports memorabilia collected over the years.
For the occasion that day, the capsule was part of a procession where it was carried from Empress Place to the National Stadium by a relay team of runners.
The burial was three years before the National Stadium was officially opened by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on July 21, 1973.
At the time it was buried in 1970, the land was still barren and only piling work had begun.
The plan was for the capsule to be dug up years later and have its items exhibited.
However, it appears to have completely vanished without a trace as it has never been found after its burial and nobody can seem to find it or remember where it was buried.
In other words, Singapore actually lost an important piece of history without any clue how or why it happened, or having any indication where it disappeared to.
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