26 km in breadth and 50 km in length. Overall about 700 square km of land, Singapore, an island country that equals the
size of Pune city in India, has beaten enormous India, China, USA, Japan and Hong Kong in its per person productivity. Per Capita GDP (aka per person productivity) is an indicator of productivity, progress and prosperity of a nation. It is a parameter to compare relative economic performances of various countries. This means on an average a Singaporean citizen contributes more to the country’s GDP in comparison to the citizens of all the other countries mentioned above. Amazing! A country that got freedom only in 1965 how could turn around so majestically and astonishingly and become what it is today?
If converting this tiny traditional, religious conflict hit, poor fishermen village into a massive financial hub was a magic, then Lee Kuan Yew was certainly the magician. Magicians work hard and deploy killer strategies creating perfect illusions so did Lee. He had created perfect aspirations among citizens of Singapore. A population which is a mix of Chinese, Malays and Indians, following varied religions, needed to remain united and glued to the dream that Lee saw. Lee inspired them all to see a common dream – economic liberation.
Lee’s idea was very simple – invite investment and create jobs in the land which was otherwise deprived of natural resources. But then who would come to a land to do business where political vandalism, unskilled population and rioting publics take on the land for rides?
Let’s look at those tiny steps, the builder of the nation – Lee took in making the country prepared to take lead on the stage of world economy.
Lee Kuan Yew contributed immensely in liberating this tiny island from British colonial rules in 1959. He had then lead the country to a merger with Malaysia in 1963 before breaking up with it in 1965 to from the independent state of Singapore.
What did he do to change the socio cultural, educational and political image of the land to attract MNCs from all over the world to come and set up industries in Singapore? Well that’s not a step by step composition of a musical extravaganza but a step by step advancement on a Warfield. A war that he strategically fought against with ill habits, traditional mindsets, communists within and neighboring enemies.
Continued as part 2 in my next blog.
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