November 29, 2005
1819 is the year most Singaporeans associate with the awakening of the proverbial sleeping dragon- a creature that was, by all accounts, totally alien to the natives who lived during Raffles' tenure. Before this almost mythic date, however, we are led to believe that Singapore has no past worth mentioning or even remembering....
A thick mist stands between present-day Singapore and her past. An ordinary Singaporean only has a hazy, unformed and certainly romanticized grasp of history, and this baggage must be cleared away if one wants to get to the bottom of things. Like it or not- politically correct or not- Singapore's humble beginnings is inextricably linked with the Malay kingdoms that flourished in the region since two thousand years ago.
Recommended by tinkertailor: "Long article, but worth reading especially if you're interested in Singapore's history before Raffles."