Officially the Republic of Singapore, a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of theMalay Peninsula, with Indonesia‘s Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore’s territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles (cf. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore).
Singapore’s success under Lee Kuan Yew’s vision is an inspiration for every developing nations, with engineering, perseverance and imagination, he took Singapore from colonial backwater to one of the richest places on the planet, from a third world island to a first world oasis. The man was a genius, he started Singapore’s modernization programme, manufacturing industry, housing and public education – which were the building blocks for Singapore’s success today. I wish African leaders would learn a thing or two from this brilliant man.
The success story of Singapore also shows why the Western model democracy has failed and ruined many developing nations, Singapore shows that developing nations needs to find and use a system of government that works for them. Singapore today is being led by team of strong dynamic leadership; a country without natural resources, is the envy of many nations today.
One-party rule was great and works perfectly for Singapore. The PAP Party brings development, rule of law, and high standard of living for all Singaporeans. I believe having a one-party system greatly benefited the island-nation. They were able to keep focus intact, avoid political strifes and proliferate racial harmony. While Singapore may have issues with freedom, this one worked for the country. Different strokes for different countries I guess.
Singapore’s transformation since its independence in 1965 to a modern and smart city-state is a benchmark hard to replicate, but it holds valuable lessons for other emerging cities as they urbanize. The focus on long-term planning is perhaps the most important one. The first thing was water – using every drop that comes from the sky and cleaning up all the rivers. Lee Kuan Yew’s vision of turning water into a resource, creating the Marina Bay and building a loveable city were strategic levers that led to its success.
Britain intentionally set up all of its former colonies to fail. All they left behind was poverty, broken infrastructure and a few slave owners who own most of the prime land.
Countries like Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana and Singapore were left under-developed. After independence, Jamaica and o were growing at a rate of more than 5% – Lee Kuan Yew visited all these countries to find out how they were doing it. He copied some of the models and made progress in the process, making Singapore a 1st world nation today. Unfortunately Nigeria, Ghana, and Jamaica slumped…
Happy Birthday, Singapore!
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