Happy 50th birthday Singapore, the city-state started a big party on Sunday for the 50th anniversary of independence, the city-state began feeling the pinch of a midlife crisis.
Singapore celebrating successful 50 years of statehood
As fighter jets screamed through the sky, nationalist songs blaring, leaders made speeches and people took advantage of free rides on trains and buses. Singaporeans would have made more progress if there had been more freedom, more ideas, more voices to address the country’s challenges.
The death of Lee Kuan Yew in March this year gave an outlet for a raft of reviews of Singapore’s performance. The sense of unity and pride in Singapore’s achievements was reinforced with a tribute video dedicated to its founder and longest-serving leader, Lee Kuan Yew, who died in March at age 91, after running a virtually one-party state.
Coming from an older generation that has seen Singapore through the early years of independence, it took hard work by their leaders to get this success. It’s the world’s fourth-largest financial center, operates one of the busiest container ports in the world. In just half century, Singaporeans have become some of the wealthiest people in the world with the highest number of millionaires per capita in Asia.
Over the next 50 years, the government won’t be able to deliver guaranteed increases in living standards and this is happening at a time when the government no longer has such a strong hold over media.