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Singapore Standard Time

Singapore Standard Time (SST) or Waktu Piawai Singapura (WPS) (Chinese: 新加坡標準時間) is used in Singapore and is 8 hours ahead of GMT (UTC+08:00).


As part of British Malaya, Singapore adopted the Malayan time which was 7 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

Following the Japanese occupation, Malaya adopted Tokyo time of GMT+9 on 15 February 1942. Although official appointments were made according to Tokyo time it was common practice to keep two separate times: the pre-Occupation time at home and Tokyo time on personal watches.

At the end of World War II and the return of Malaya to the British, Singapore reverted to its pre-war timezone.

Malaysian Standardisation

In 1981, Malaysia decided to standardize the time across its territories to a uniform UTC+08:00. Singapore elected to follow suit, citing business and travel schedules. The change took effect on 1 January 1982, when Singapore moved half an hour forward, creating "Singapore Standard Time" (SST). SST is eight hours ahead of GMT and is synchronized with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Manila and Perth.

Period in use Time offset from GMT
1 June 1905 - 31 December 1932 UTC+07:00
1 January 1933 - 31 August 1941 UTC+07:20
1 September 1941 - 15 February 1942 UTC+07:30
15 February 1942 - 11 September 1945 UTC+09:00
12 September 1945 - 31 December 1981 UTC+07:30
1 January 1982 – now UTC+08:00

See also

External links

  • Why is Singapore in the "Wrong" Time Zone?
  • Singapore Standard Time
  • National Metrology Centre
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