Back in Lim Ho Puah’s time, the banks along Singapore River quivered with sinister activities of underground Chinese and Fujianese secret syndicates. Gambling and prostitution prevailed and the flourishing opium trade reliably accounted for half of the revenue thriving businesses along the Strait of Malacca route generated. Since most smokers were hopelessly addicted and the trade was supported by the colonial government, profits stayed at a long-time high. In the very midst of this illustrious district right by the river lay Lim Ho Puah’s „godown“, the warehouse he had built in 1895.
That Singapore is a survivor is corroborated by the fact, that even the drama of her independence happened twofold! For the first time, when released from the bondage of British colonisation in 1959. For the second, after an involuntary merger with the Federation of Malaysia was terminated following a phase of political and racial unrest. Singapore finally gained her well-deserved sovereignty in 1965.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of her reinstalled freedom, the city throws a gargantuan party lasting the entire year. Considering, that a state is made up of its people, it seems a logical consequence for Singapore to share her Golden Jubilee with her truly diverse ethnic community by inviting them to help plan and organise a series of festivities. After all it was their concerted efforts that made Singapore’s skyrocketing ascent possible. The official body guiding procedures and founded especially for that purpose, is the Singapore50 (SG50) Steering Committee. It comprises representatives from public, private and people sectors. Bearing in mind the multi-cultural denizenship Singapore’s fabric is woven from, an exciting array of vibrant events is sure to rain down on locals and visitors alike. A small choice of what is on the agenda is laid out below. The full range is here: www.Singapore50.sg
A city state that takes care of every need
When thinking about Singapore, the main assets instantly coming to mind are those of enormous progress, long-term prosperity, high efficiency in all perceivable divisions, safety, discipline, a reliable work place and a good income for every citizen, handsome, well-educated people communicating in excellent English, a luxury-hotel scape, advanced meeting venues, an award-winning airline, an ever increasing traffic volume rigorously tidied up simply by means of an alternating calendar, a sensational food platter of untold diversity, Singapore Sling, the bar at the Raffles, Singa, the Lion guarding over the harbour, a mainly fenceless zoo, relentless sunshine, giant concrete trees versus tropical lushness, shopping opportunities galore and adamant cleanliness: