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  • Shirin Fozdar

    Shirin Fozdar in 1977

    Shirin Fozdar is a pioneer women’s rights activist. She championed social issues for women in Singapore and was a key figure in the implementation of several laws and policies that benefited women in Singapore. Together with her husband, they were among the first to introduce the Baha’i Faith in Singapore.

  • Queenstown - The Queen of Housing Estates

    Building Works at Queenstown

    First developed by the colonial administration’s Singapore Improvement Trust, and later completed by its successor, the Housing and Development Board, Queenstown was used as a test bed for much of Singapore’s public housing. It would be the satellite town to pioneer many firsts, including the first HDB flats, tallest public housing blocks, first point blocks and first community and social institutions – with a polyclinic, branch library and neighbourhood sports complex.

  • Yusof Ishak

    Yusof Ishak giving a speech in 1962

    Yusof Ishak is the first President of Singapore. He tided the republic over a period of uncertainty following the separation with Malaysia in 1965. His values and beliefs in meritocracy, multiculturalism and modernisation underpinned Singapore’s success through the nation-building years and left a lasting legacy with the nation.

  • Toh Chin Chye

    Toh Chin Chye at the 1959 National Loyalty Week

    Dr Toh Chin Chye was one of the founding fathers of modern Singapore. He was the co-founder of the People’s Action Party along with Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Keng Swee and S. Rajaratnam, and served as its founding Chairman. Toh was also Singapore’s first Deputy Prime Minister, and was responsible for leading the committee in the design of the Singapore Flag, State Crest, and National Anthem.

  • Sinnathamby Rajaratnam

    S Rajaratnam speaking at the 1959 General Elections

    S. Rajaratnam is a founding member of the People’s Action Party, a long-serving minister of many portfolios, published author and former journalist. He is one of the pioneer leaders of independent Singapore who has devoted much of his life to public service. His most enduring legacy is the National Pledge that he penned, which is recited at school assemblies and national day ceremonies today.

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