Making Raffles vanish not a good idea

The white, polymarble statue of Sir Stamford Raffles by the Singapore River has been partially painted over to blend in with the OCBC Centre building across the water.
The white, polymarble statue of Sir Stamford Raffles by the Singapore River has been partially painted over to blend in with the OCBC Centre building across the water.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The disappearing act of the Sir Stamford Raffles statue may have evoked amusement and appreciation from some people, but it may not have been executed in very good taste (Raffles does a 'disappearing' act in North Boat Quay; Jan 3).

While visually stunning, the act could allude to making Raffles "disappear" from the Singapore facade and identity.

Raffles recognised the potential of Singapore 200 years ago, and sought to modernise a large part of the island.

Then and now, his statue and image should not have to be overlooked, just as his impact should never be undermined.

Josephine Pau Joe Yee, 15

Secondary 3 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2019, with the headline 'Making Raffles vanish not a good idea'. Print Edition | Subscribe