Singapore Bicentennial to be effort of community, says Desmond Lee

It's not govt agencies that decide how S'pore will commemorate event, says Desmond Lee

There will also be anchor events looking not only at Singapore's history after the arrival of Stamford Raffles in 1819, but also the 500 years prior to that.
There will also be anchor events looking not only at Singapore's history after the arrival of Stamford Raffles in 1819, but also the 500 years prior to that.PHOTO: ST FILE

Events to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Singapore must be a community effort, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.

Mr Lee, who co-chairs the Ministerial Steering Committee for the Singapore Bicentennial, said it will "consult widely" with its 16-member advisory panel which includes historians and academics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Bicentennial to be effort of community, says minister'. Subscribe