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Raffles City is the fruit of labour of city elders, architects, town planners and businessmen. It has captured the imagination of citizens and tourists alike. Thanks to the collective imagination and painstaking efforts of these gentlemen. At the ground-breaking ceremony on 14 August 1980, the late Minister for Finance, Mr Hon Sui Sen spelled out how Raffles City would leave an indelible impression on the city landscape: "Raffles City will be the anchor of extensive development in this part of the downtown area, which will eventually link the tourist and shopping artery of Orchard Road with the commercial and financial area in and around Shenton Way. Helping Raffles City to perform this crucial role of a lynch-pin is the prospect of the main interchange station of the proposed Mass Rapid Transit being sited at its door step. Raffles City will contribute to fulfilling one of the community's long cherished goals, that of rejuvenation of the downtown area at night when the office workers have gone home...". I M Pei, the world renowned architect commissioned to design Raffles City, described it as a catalyst in enriching the quality of life in Singapore. "Physically, it could become a symbol of national dynamism. Functionally, it could provide much of the facilities needed for encouraging tourism."