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Remembering Singapore 1965: Happy National Day 2015

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50 years ago today, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew signed the proclamation of independence and Singapore became a sovereign democratic nation.

Proclamation of SIngapore Independence

The announcement was made on television at 10am.

The news appeared on The Straits Times the next day.

Straits Times 9 Aug 2015 reprinted 1965
A reprint of the 9 Aug 2015 front cover page of The Straits Times on 9 Aug 2015

There were plenty of doubts, but we pressed on, led by a government and backed by the entire population to forge our future. We went on to become the world’s most successful society (The Huffington Post, 4 Aug 2015).

The credit goes not just to the visionary government. It takes the collective effort of the entire nation to make it happen.

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Today, we celebrate the fruits of our forefather’s labour. Tomorrow, it is up to us, no less, to sustain Singapore’s success, to make it a better place for every citizen, every resident, every visitor.

Majulah Singapura. Onwards we go, Singaporeans.

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