Monday, April 16, 2012

A-Z Challenge - N

N ... is for National Day.

Another word for National Day is Independence Day.

We celebrate Singapore's National Day on August 9, every year.  August 9, 1965 was a memorable day in Singapore's history.  That was the day when we became a republic after breaking away from the federation of Malaysia, under the charismatic leadership of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore's history dates back to the 11th century.  It was founded by a Srivijayan prince, Parameswara, who happened to be hunting in this unknown island when he saw a lion which is known as "singa" in Malay.  Prince Parameswara then named the island "Singapura" ("pura" means "island").

Singapore quickly developed into an important trading port, being in the center of the big islands of Malaya, Indonesia and Philippines.

In 1819, an Englishman, Thomas Stamford Raffles who worked for the British India Company stumbled upon Singapura and seeing the potential that the island has, bought the island for the British empire from Prince Parameswara's decendents and named the island "Singapore."

Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles
still stand today at Clark Quay,
at his first landing site
Singapore, under British rule, quickly became a major trading port city and became one of the British empire's lucrative trading port, being in the center location for the India-China herbs and silk trade.

During World War II, Singapore was conquered and occupied by the Japanese Empire from 1942-1945. When the war ended, Singapore reverted to British rule, with increasing self-government power given to Singaporeans.  Singapore merged with Malaysia in 1963.  However, due to social unrest and disputes between the ruling parties of Singapore and Malaysia, Singapore's leader took the brave step to break away from the federation of Malaysia on August 9, 1965.

Many predicted that Singapore will not make it ... a small island, a tiny red dot on the map, with no natural resources.  But we prove them all wrong.  We made it and we are still standing here today, a force to be reckoned with.

That's a brief history of the beginnings of Singapore. You can read the detailed version on Widipedia, here.

This is for the Blogging A-Z Challenge.

Image Credit here


  1. This is so interesting. Singapore is amongst the most sought out places in the world. It has definitely proved its worth. You have all the reasons to be proud of being a citizen of Singapore. Now I'll be clicking the link to Wikipedia to know more.
    Good day! :)

  2. Such an interesting post Asni! How nice to discover a bit more about the history of your country.
    I am glad you decided to participate to this A-Z Challenge.
    Have a beautiful day dear!

  3. I wonder if residents there have British accents? What an interesting post.


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