Thursday, August 09, 2012

To Singapore, With Love

Today, 9 August 2012, marks the 47th National Day of Singapore. On this day in 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia to become independent. The new nation was founded upon the principles of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality, which are symbolised by the five stars on the national flag. These principles were enshrined in the hearts and minds of the people of the young republic. And, on this bedrock of a multicultural and inclusive society, the men and women of Singapore committed themselves to build a better future for the next generation. Truly, these men and women of yesteryears were the reasons for Singapore's success today.

Nation building is not an easy task. Through the dedication and diligence of its government and people, Singapore evolved from a small harbour to an international shipping hub, from a humble trading outpost to a global financial center, from a third-world to a first-world nation. Today, Singapore is a bright, shiny star in the world. Many nations, big and small, are eager to learn from its success.

The road ahead is nonetheless full of challenges as it was 47 years ago. However, I see that with the same unparalleled commitment and effort, Singapore will continue to scale new heights and achieve greater success.

Happy Birthday, Singapore!