Bicentennial Chronicles

Bicentennial Chronicles

1923 The Tin Boom (Self-determination)
2 Min

By Toggle Video Published: 27 Sep 2019 Audio: English

The straits of Singapore became so congested with ferries shipping products like tin and rubber that it had to be operated around the clock. A new solution was found in the causeway. For the first time, trains ran from Malaya to Singapore. After the causeway was opened, Tan Kah Kee, ‘the Henry Ford of Malaya’, claimed to have made $8 million in a single year in 1925. Tin prices also continue to rise and hit a peak in 1927.

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