Singapore bicentennial: Why 2019 is history in the making

200 years after getting colonised On Dec. 31, 2017, PM Lee announced the government’s intent in 2019 to commemorate the bicentennial — meaning, 200 years anniversary — of Sir Stamford Raffles’ founding. Rather than being a celebration, however, the bicentennial is meant to be a reflection on Singapore’s journey so far. The year 1819 is widely accepted as when modern Singapore was founded by Raffles. However, Singapore already had a thriving population 500 years prior to 1819, as these formative years lend context to our formation. What events can we expect? The…

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