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Since the early 1980s, Pulau Sudong, together with Pulau Senang and Pulau Pawai, have formed the Singapore Armed Forces southern islands military training area and live-firing zone.1 (See Figure 1). As with all other military installations in Singapore, the entire live-firing zone is strictly off limits to all civilians at all times of the day and night.2 The only exceptions to this are for workers who are contracted by MINDEF to perform maintenance on the island's area calibration facilities.
The island's airstrip and dock are maintained by SAFcitation needed, with most areas covered by dense vegetation - the island is a wildlife heaven for migratory birds and plants alike.
Etymology and history
Sudong is the same as tudong in Malay, a cone-shaped food cover made from matting; it is also used as head covers by padi planters.