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Power Blackouts at The Straits Times

By meWATCH Published: 11 Jun 2020 Audio: English

John Behague worked at The Straits Times as a features editor in the late 1940s. In this clip, he talked about how power blackouts were common in those days, and how the problem was solved by Bill Clappen, the engineer who was tasked to find a solution. He managed to do so by sinking an enormous diesel engine into the basement floor of The Straits Times office. This move put all of their power problems to rest. To listen to the full interview, go to www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/oral_history_interviews/interview/001395

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