A Foreign Policy Outlined: S Rajaratnam Speaks at Singapore’s Admission to the U.N.

A Foreign Policy Outlined: S Rajaratnam Speaks at Singapore’s Admission to the U.N.

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in On the Record

This legendary speech, given by S Rajaratnam to the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in 21 September 1965 on the occasion of Singapore’s admission into the U.N., was recently cited by Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, as a classic outlining the enduring principles of Singapore’s foreign policy.

PM’s New Year Message, 1982

PM’s New Year Message, 1982

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in On the Record

On the eve of New Year’s Day, 1982, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew gave this solemn speech to the nation. Singapore  faced serious challenges arising from a turbulent global economy which was in a major recession. In this speech titled “Difficult Times Ahead” PM Lee minced no words despite the New Year festivities

Majulah Singapura – Composing a National Anthem

Majulah Singapura – Composing a National Anthem

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in On the Record

Majulah Singapura, meaning “Onward Singapore” was originally composed as an song for Singapore’s City Council in 1958 to commemorate the reopening of Victoria Theatre after a major restoration. We trace the origins of Singapore’s national anthem in this article.

1819 Survey Plan of Singapore Harbour

1819 Survey Plan of Singapore Harbour

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in On the Record

One of the earliest British surveys of Singapore island, this map shows Singapore harbour and adjacent areas, including a few offshore islands, such as the St. John’s Island, at the time of Stamford Raffles’ first landing on Singapore. Captain Daniel Rofs (also commonly spelt as Ross), the hydrographer of the East India Company (EIC) who […]

Personal records of war and Occupation

Personal records of war and Occupation

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in On the Record

In conjunction with the upcoming revamp of Memories at Old Ford Factory, which houses an exhibition gallery examining life under the Japanese Occupation, the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) is conducting a public call for archives. This post takes a look at a selection of our private records from the Japanese Occupation period. [T]he Japanese […]