Singapore bicentennial: An island's journey

Singapore bicentennial: Why 2019 is history in the making

The arrival of the British in 1819 set in motion Singapore's development into a trading port and modern metropolis. Insight looks at the significance of the bicentennial, and how it marks a chance to more fully appreciate Singapore's rich history before then

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To some Singaporeans, the bicentennial - which marks the 200th anniversary of the British arrival - does not make much sense to them.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Chen, who works in the petrochemical industry, laments: "I don't understand why we are celebrating something that predates our modern history as the Republic of Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline Singapore bicentennial: Why 2019 is history in the making . Subscribe