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ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
It is befitting the Bicentennial Celebrations this year for the Law Society’s Biennial Lecture to focus on the development of land law in Singapore. After all, the treaty that was signed 200 years ago between Sultan Hussein of Johore, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sir Stamford Raffles was the first document in relation to land in modern Singapore. Since then, the development of land laws in land scarce Singapore has largely been to support and sustain Singapore’s economic and social growth.
However, far from a system which serves Singapore well currently, the early days were both chaotic and confusing. The first set of land laws introduced in Singapore in 1830 was quickly declared invalid and subsequently repealed. Subsequently, the English common law doctrines of landholding were slowly replaced by the Torrens system of land registration, and along the way, there were some legislative milestones such as the Land Titles (Strata) Act and the Land Acquisition Act, which was introduced to meet Singapore’s unique economy and societal issues. Dr Kevin Tan’s lecture will delve into the early origin of land laws in Singapore and the developments since, and whether this framework of land administration and management will ensure Singapore’s social and economic growth for the present and the future.