Singapore Celebrates 50 Years of Independence.

The Southeast Asian country and former British colony celebrates 50 years of independence from Malaysia on Aug 9, 1965. In 1965, Singapore and Malaysia split up and the island city was left to fend for itself. In the 50 years since, Singapore has transformed from a racially divided third-world seaport into one of the world’s most successful financial centers.

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Prime-Minister-Lee-Kuan-Yew-wipes-a-tear-during-a-news-conference-after-the-signing-of-the-separation-agreement,-Aug. 9, 1965

Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew dominated Singapore for more than half a century and transformed the former British outpost into a global trade and finance powerhouse. He led Singapore as its first prime minister for 31 years, overseeing its short-lived union with Malaysia from 1963 to 1965 and leading its rapid rise to developed world status. An achievement credited to his platform of clean and efficient government, business-friendly policies and social order. Mr. Lee held advisory roles in Singapore’s cabinet for two decades after stepping down as prime minister in 1990, and remained influential as a global statesman until his death in March at the age of 91.

Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew of the People's Action Party speaking during a rally at Farrer Park in Singapore on Aug. 15, 1955.
Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew of the People’s Action Party speaking during a rally at Farrer Park in Singapore on Aug. 15, 1955.
Lee Kuan Yew giving his wife two final kisses as she laid in her casket at the Mandai Crematorium in Singapore on Oct. 6, 2010. Kwa Geok Choo, 89, died on Oct. 2
Lee Kuan Yew giving his wife two final kisses as she laid in her casket at the Mandai Crematorium in Singapore on Oct. 6, 2010. Kwa Geok Choo, 89, died on Oct. 2
RIP Lee Kuan Yew. Job well done. Died on March 23, 2015
RIP Lee Kuan Yew. Job well done. Died on March 23, 2015
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Miss-Singapore-2015
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Singapore Then and Now
Designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, the US$5.7-billion. Marina Bay Sands is the second most expensive building in the world. The building, with its 57-storey towers topped by the SkyPark, has become a defining feature of Singapore’s skyline since it was completed in 2010
Designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, the US$5.7-billion. Marina Bay Sands is the second most expensive building in the world.
The building, with its 57-storey towers topped by the SkyPark, has become a defining feature of Singapore’s skyline since it was completed in 2010
Clarke Quay 1980
Clarke Quay 1980
Clarke Quay now
Clarke Quay now
MPH Building in 1983
MPH Building in 1983
MPH now
MPH now
ELGIN BRIDGE 1979
ELGIN BRIDGE 1979
ELGIN BRIDGE Now
ELGIN BRIDGE Now
ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH 1981
ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH 1981
ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH Now
ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH Now


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