Sandwiched between Pulau Tekong and Pulau Tekong Kecil is Pulau Semechek. The little island had an elevation of just one metre above sea level and was just a flat piece of land conducive for a football pitch.
Being so tiny and of no strategic use, it was subsumed or should we say amalgamated with the much larger Pulau Tekong. This also bridged Pulau Tekong with Pulau Tekong Kechil, thus closing up the narrow waterway and altering the shape of the island.
If the island stood alone, it would not have any feasible usage and would remain a ‘waste’. After being merged, its identity vanished but it became useful and part of a much larger island that is a now a short-term training residence for young Singaporean men serving their two-year National Service.
The maps and pictures illustrate where Pulau Semechek was located with reference to the larger islands. It was actually smack in-between Pulau Tekong Besar and Pulau Tekong Kechil. It would be naturally best to amalgamate the tiny island for better use than to wastefully exist in land-scarce Singapore.
Pulau Tekong Kechil still exists but it is being merged and will become Pulau Tekong as a whole.
This is still a work in progress and would take several years. One delay is obtaining sand from overseas and it gets more challenging but its dependence is reduced with new technology.
One plus point is that the forest there will still remain which means that the remaining wild life would be able to thrive and hopefully populate.