SINGAPORE: The civic centre in Geylang Serai will be known as Wisma Geylang Serai.
That entry emerged as the winning name for the proposed centre, which was first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in August 2011.
The 10,000 square
metre centre is expected to house a Malay Heritage Gallery, the Geylang
Serai community club, Southeast community development centre, as well as
some arts groups.
It will be completed by 2016.
The name Wisma Geylang Serai was finalised by a panel chaired by former Member of Parliament Yatiman Yusof, after taking into consideration the vision and intended uses for the centre, as well as the results of the online public voting in February from a shortlist of 10 names nominated by the public.
The panel felt that "Wisma" reflects the distinctive cultural identity of Geylang Serai, and is also forward-looking and cosmopolitan.
Mr Yatiman said: "The panel had considered the fact that 'Wisma' had been used as the working name for the civic centre. However, we decided that this should not prejudice our choice, as the final chosen name should be based on what best represents the civic centre as a distinctive and progressive cultural and community hub in Geylang Serai.
"This process has also unveiled the deep interest that the Malay community has in the cultural identity of the civic centre. I hope that the Malay culture and heritage will be expressed through the architecture and streetscape of the Geylang Serai precinct when it is fully developed."
Dr Maliki Osman, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development, who oversees efforts for the civic centre, has accepted the panel's decision.
He said: "We are delighted that the name has been finalised after a rigorous public engagement process over the past few months. I would like to thank Pak Yatiman, his panel, and members of the public for taking the time and effort to be involved in this iconic project for Geylang Serai and for Singapore.