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Written by victorkoo

27 November, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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Written by victorkoo

24 November, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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Preface

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On 3 December 1959, at the installation of Mr Yusof bin Ishak as Singapore’s Head of State, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said:

“We, the people of Singapore, are gathered here to rejoice

in the step we are taking, away from our colonial past,

towards an independent future and our tryst with destiny ….


Today, here on this Padang, and also

in the thousands of homes listening with us here,

let us renew our faith in ourselves and our future;

let us resolve to be loyal to the interests of our people;

let us pledge  ourselves afresh to make this island

a happy and peaceful place of plenty for all those

who have been born and bred here, together with

all those who have sworn to be one of us.”*

In the ensuing 31 years, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew struggled to fulfill this pledge. Under his leadership Singapore was transformed from a British colony, a dot on the map, into an independent and prosperous nation. This book highlights the main events that took place during this time.

* – From A Biography of President Yusof bin Ishak, by Melanie Chew in collaboration with the National Archives of Singapore, 1999.

Written by victorkoo

20 November, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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Singapore Story: A Philatelic Perspective

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Sorry for the unofficial break last week. Our next story is the Singapore Story: A Philatelic Perspective. With 36 pages to be published – one page every Monday and Thursday – this short story will take us till 19 Mar 2009.

Written by victorkoo

17 November, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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End of “Singapore: Many Races, One People” Book

War, famine and hardship. Truly inspiring conditions for peace, abundance and comfort.

If you were to look at Singapore today, you’ll see a supercity throbbing as the heart of trade, transport, banking, tourism and communications in the region.

Which makes it hard to imagine that just over 50 years ago, this island was braving the ravages of the Second World War, until the Japanese Occupation ended in 1945 and the people were free.

As you can tell from these stamps, even while our forefathers cheered the formal surrender ceremony and victory celebrations, they also had to deal with food rationing, travel restrictions and other sufferings in the post-war years.

Moreover, after gaining independence from the Malayan Federation in 1965, the citizens had no choice but to spur on to transform the country into the amazing economic success it has become. Now you’ll find these achievements vividly displayed in an impressive range of stamps featuring everything from the modern city skyline to the advanced transport system. All bearing testimony to the good life modern Singaporeans enjoy.

Each of our stamps tells a story. And because the constant struggle for a better existence is the same the world over, you may just find a stamp that can speak volumes.

Written by victorkoo

6 November, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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The National Anthem

Majulah Singapura

Mari kita rakyat Singapura
Sama-sama menuju bahagia
Cita-cita kita yang mulia
Berjaya Singapura

Marilah kita bersatu
Dengan semangat yang baru
Semua kita berseru
Majulah Singapura
Majulah Singapura

(English Translation)

Onward Singapore

Come, fellow Singaporeans
Let us progress towards happiness together
May our noble aspiration bring
Singapore success.

Come, let us unite
In a new spirit
Let our voices soar as one
Onward Singapore
Onward Singapore

Written by victorkoo

3 November, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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