Such magnetic stored-value tickets were introduced to Singapore in 1987 as part of a new mass rapid transit system. In 1991, they were extended for use in the public bus system too. While originally standardised in design, they soon featured advertising on one side of the card. Such cards were eventually replaced in 2002 when a new system of contactless smart cards known as ez-link cards were launched.
This commemorative card was issued in 1990 to commemorate the opening of Boon Lay station, which marked the completion of the expansion of the new East-West Line.