Punggol East shows up on Google Maps for the first time

Posted on 20 January 2013

Singaporeans discover mysterious housing estate during Workers’ Party rally

It was only midway through Hougang MP Png Eng Huat’s speech that Aljunied resident Johnson Lim found his way to the Workers’ Party rally location — a little known field in front of Blk 183C Rivervale Crescent. But it wasn’t because he intentionally decided to turn up late. Like many other Singaporeans, he had lost his way there after being misled by Google Maps.

“I heard of this mysterious constituency only after the Michael Palmer sex scandal. But even then, I still wasn’t sure where it was located,” said Lim on the single-member ward that is currently being contested by four different political parties.

According to Lim, he tried searching the rally location on Google Maps but found only a brown patch representing the area, which is also known as “the place where birds do not lay eggs”.

A screenshot of Rivervale Crescent on Google Maps at 630pm. Courtesy: Johnson Lim.

A screenshot of Rivervale Crescent on Google Maps at 630pm. Courtesy: Johnson Lim.

In a statement issued to New Nation, Google admitted to the technical lapse and said that it was “continuously refining” its search process and take customer feedback very seriously.

The lapse was rectified by 8.30pm, which resulted in the crowd at the rally swelling to the thousands.

Despite rain, mud and a palpable lack of packet dinners for rally-goers, Workers' Party supporters still turned up in the thousands.

Despite rain, mud and a palpable lack of packet dinners for rally-goers, Workers’ Party supporters still turned up in the thousands.

Other rally-goers also reported being befuddled by the LRT system which, they admitted, had never used before.

“I heard of this mysterious transport system that looked like the sky train at Changi Airport, but never sat on it before. My daughter was quite excited when we used it for the first time,” said Teddy Tan, an Hougang resident, who was with his four-year-old daughter Jinny.

“Finding out about this place is like stumbling upon a secret garden. Everything so mysterious! Down to the station names. Rumbia has such a nice ring to it no? Like some type of rare jewel.”

The People’s Action Party and the Workers’ Party have both kicked off their respective campaigns to win over the 33,000 voters in Punggol East SMC. Neither party has addressed the inexplicable forcefield surrounding the constituency, which blocks the area from radar detection and geo-tagging devices.

The low turnout for the PAP rally on Friday could be attributed to the Google Maps breakdown, which was only rectified on Saturday.

The low turnout for the PAP rally on Friday could be attributed to the Google Maps breakdown, which was only rectified on Saturday.

This hitch has reportedly prevented contractors from completing construction work at Rivervale Plaza as workers would forget what they were doing upon entering the protected zone.

Both parties are expected to address this concern in upcoming rallies.

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