Saturday, August 09, 2008

Semoga Bahagia

Today, Singapore celebrates its 43rd birthday. In 1963, when it declared independence from Britain, the island state faced pressing problems such as unemployment, housing, shortages of land and drinking water, and the lack of natural resources. As a result, Singapore seized the opportunity to enter into a merger with Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form the Federation of Malaysia the same year.

The merger did not work out well for Singapore. It lasted barely two years before Singapore was separated from Malaysia on 9 August 1965 to be an independent nation. After the separation, Singapore did not give up. With determination and hard work, Singaporeans built a harmonious and progressive society, which today is a model for many countries in the heterogeneous and pluralistic world we all live in.

Happy birthday, Singapore. Semoga bahagia.