Singapore has come a long way from when it gained its independence from Malaysia, and it has proven to be a successful, self-sustaining nation. Although some experts have speculated that other growing Asian countries might surpass Singapore’s efforts, none of their present achievements indicates that this is so.
Space for the Greats
Singapore is one of the fastest growing nations in the world. Because of the consistent progression and the continuous economic growth, Singapore is in an epoch of dwindling territory. As Singapore is a relatively small country with big dreams, it’s no wonder how the space constraints pose a problem, especially for the training of the military servicemen volunteering in Singapore. That doesn’t stop them from doing what they can to serve their people, however.
Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s first prime minister, foresaw the nation’s struggle with its size and did everything in his power to acquire reclaimed land. Today, Singapore remains vigilant about opportunities to expand its horizons. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is behind the progress of the project at Pulau Tekong. The land will be used for military exercises to uphold the tenets of diplomacy and deterrence.
Acceleration and Resilience
In less than half a century, Singapore pulled itself up from the ground and established itself as a First World country. Life expectancy shot up in the recent years from 65 to 83 within two generations, an achievement like no other. Peter Ho, former head of civil service, calls this The Great Acceleration.
Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, included Singapore in her ‘100 Resilient Cities’ initiative because of the country’s outstanding progress. She defines resilience as the capacity of any entity to prepare in times of disruption, to stand up from collapse and to adapt and grow from the fall.
Mark van Zanten, of the land project, said that he was proud to help build the future of Singapore. The country is not passing its throne as a dynamic and successful nation anytime soon.