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Sengkang residents vow to continue referring to shopping mall as ‘Compass Point’

Sengkang residents vow to continue referring to shopping mall as ‘Compass Point’

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Even though they recognise the effort in naming it 1 Sengkang Mall.


Sengkang residents from all walks of life, who recognise a stupid idea when they see one, have come out to praise the new “1 Sengkang Mall” bestowed upon Compass Point shopping centre.

This after it was announced that the mall, which is undergoing a year-long renovation that marks the end of civilisation in Sengkang, has been renamed following a contest for the public to contribute a new name.

The list of suggested names, which were full of surprises, included: Sengkang Central Mall, One Sengkang, Sengkang Square, One Sengkang Square, Sengkang One, #1 Sengkang Square and 1SM.

One Sengkang resident, Mei Chuang Yee, said she is glad much thought and creativity has been put into the process: “It’s like the last thing you’d expect was for a mall to be renamed as ‘1 Sengkang Mall’ in a revamp to mark a new era of originality, and then, ‘Boom’, it is called ‘1 Sengkang Mall’.”

“Totally subverted all expectations there.”

Another resident, Boh Tao Nao, said he appreciates the hard work put in: “This still beats calling our budget terminal as ‘The Budget Terminal’ and the mall in central Orchard as ‘Orchard Central’.”

Other Sengkang residents said the name change was a matter of getting used to.

Another resident of the estate, Jin Boh Leow, said: “They can call the mall any name they want, it doesn’t matter to me.”

“I will just keep referring to it as ‘Compass Point’, and there is nothing anyone can do anything about it.”






Closure of Compass Point mall for 1-year renovation marks end of civilisation in Sengkang

Closure of Compass Point mall for 1-year renovation marks end of civilisation in Sengkang

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Black market has sprouted up in its place offering basic necessities at twice the usual price.


Singaporeans from all walks of life in Sengkang have closed their eyes, rolled over to one side and called it quits.

This after civilisation as normal people recognise it has more or less come to an end in Sengkang following the closure of the entire Compass Point mall for one year to undergo renovation.

Wan Dan Leow, a Singaporean who stays in Sengkang but is actually desperate enough to contemplate moving somewhere else, such as Bukit Panjang, said: “There is nothing else left here. Everyday I get up to go to the Sengkang MRT station to take a train to work, I’d see balls of tumbleweed blown across the wasteland.”

“And then there will be people wandering around aimlessly, wondering where they can get basic necessities such as sanitary pads and cai png.”

“There is no foreseeable future here.”

However, other Singaporeans said the mall’s closure for an extended period of time has brought new life to the estate though.

Hei Seh Hui, another local, said: “These days, I get my basic necessities from the local black market established here a few weeks ago, even though it is twice the price.”

“It comprises a wandering band of merchants who come from far away places, such as Hougang, to offer basic, but now hard-to-find goods in Sengkang, such as fresh bean sprouts, toothbrushes — and occasionally, when god willing — piping hot pieces of Old Chang Kee curry puffs, squid sticks and PrimaDeli waffles.”

“Ah I miss those.”

At press time, thousands of Sengkangers reminisce the days gone by where they could saunter into Compass Point mall and drop off a cheque at the POSB branch or pop by Cold Storage and buy a packet of juice.