Singaporean units of measurement

Several units of measurement were used in Singapore to measure length, mass, etc. During 1968-70, the metric system was adopted in Singapore.[1]

System during the later half of the 19th century

Several units were used in Singapore under Straits Settlements.

Length units

1 covid (aka. hasta) = 18 inches which is equal to 45.72 cm.[2]

Mass units

1 mace (aka. miam) = 52 grain equal to 3.36954 grams.

1 buncal (for gold) = 822 grain equal to 53.2647 grams.[2]


  1. Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
  2. 1 2 Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 50.
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