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Tommy Koh: My birthday wishes for Singapore

That Singapore eradicates elderly poverty and takes bolder efforts to be a green city

This is a very special year for Singapore. First, we are celebrating the 54th anniversary of Singapore's independence. Second, we are commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British East India Company setting up a trading post in Singapore. Third, we are also reflecting on our pre-colonial history, which stretches back 700 years to the 14th century.

To help Singaporeans understand the significance of the three events, we have two new books and an enchanting multimedia show, choreographed by Ms Beatrice Chia-Richmond and Mr Michael Chiang, called The Bicentennial Experience, at Fort Canning Centre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2019, with the headline 'My birthday wishes for Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe