Today 7 August is a public holiday in Singapore. This is one of those rare occasions where the weekends and also the preceding and following Fridays and Monday are holidays, resulting in a superlong
weekend. Of course it is Singapore’s 50th birthday and people have a good reason to take a well deserved break. By all standards, what this island nation has achieved is truly remarkable considering the circumstances under which it was forced to leave Malaysia. There is more than enough data in the web for reference and introspection. I will not go into that.
Today when we read what is happening in Malaysia is a matter of great sadness. A resource rich country which can provide a high standard of living for all its citizens is deeply divided along race, language and religion. Malaysia or Malaya before it was a tolerant society where all citizens could live together…
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