Ninth of August, fifty years ago. A tearful Lee Kuan Yew announced a big decision for the island city. He declared that Singapore would separate from the Malayan Federation to create its own independent state. Brave enough to face autonomy in the midst of poverty and dilapidation, Singapore has transitioned to a first world economy in only a generation.
Today is Singapore’s fiftieth birthday. Its story is a testament to a willpower, of overturning thousands of unfavorable conditions into strengths that make Singapore what it is today. It is a model state, adored by many, despised by some. But one thing that no one can do, is push it to the sidelines. The small island has done it.
On this auspicious day for the lion city, let me give a few things I like about Singapore—and probably, those things that show and make Singapore great.