SINGAPORE HISTORY

Kangkar: A Fishing Story

In my talk at the Punggol Regional Library, I share stories about the history of Kangkar, its residents’ daily lives, and its eventual (re)development

Shawn Seah
14 min readAug 2, 2023

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Artist’s impression of Kangkar fishing village. Illustrated by Jeyasoorya and commissioned by Shawn Seah.

This story was for a public lecture on a history of Aukang and Punggol

Good morning! As you probably already know, I’m Shawn, a history enthusiast. I’m a worker by day, writer by night, and speaker by weekend.

As this is the weekend, I’m here to speak with you.

Before I begin, I would first like to thank the National Library Board for inviting me to speak at the library and share stories.

Here at the Punggol Regional Library, I previously shared some stories from the kampung (village) as well as other stories on Singapore’s pioneers.

I would also like to thank you all for spending your valuable time with me. As usual, I promise that you will discover new things you did not know, and revisit things you did know. But I don’t promise to know or cover everything.

The backstory goes like this: on 19 September 2020, I first launched My Father’s Kampung: A History of Aukang and Punggol over Zoom. This e-launch was kindly co-organised by World Scientific and Montfort Alumni.

I was privileged to have two guest speakers, Ng Kok Song and Brother Dominic Yeo-Koh, who, as you know, were prominent Montfort alumni and former residents of Aukang.

The sharing was broadly about Montfort School, the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Kangkar fishing village, as well as the kampung spirit, and attracted slightly over a hundred people.

In this second talk of my series of public talks at the library, I will broadly trace the story of Kangkar fishing village and focus on it.

By sharing some thoughts as well as reading excerpts from my book, My Father’s Kampung: A History of Aukang and Punggol, I will share some memories and stories of Kangkar’s history, the daily lives of the residents and fishing merchants, and the redevelopment of the wholesale fish market.

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Shawn Seah

Singaporean writer and public speaker, passionate about education, social issues, and local history and community stories.