Name: Nicholas Ang (30)
School: Manjusri Secondary School
Honouring Singapore's Past.
The past half century, the pioneer generation has made great sacrifices for the good of our home, Singapore, along with our openess to trade and investments, and not forgetting, the unity of our people as a nation.
The Singapore Volunteer Corps, formed in 1854 as a militia unit as the Singapore Volunteer Rifle Corps, undergoing several reorganisations and going through different names during its existance. The Corps original idea was to supplement the local constabulary with tighter internal security in 1846, with its formation done after outbreaks of riots between the various Chinese Secret societies in May 1854. A century later, the SVC was renamed the People's Defence Force, with its units absorbed into the Singapore Armed Forces as full time National Service operational battalions. From there on, the volunteer soldiers continued to serve our nation, training part-time National Service men when National Service was introduced in 1967. Unfortunately, the role of the SVC diminshed and soon, the last battalion, the 101 PDF, disbanded in March 1984.
The Volunteers were a great example of how our nation's people could unite and stand against what was wrong and had shown that we, as a nation, are capable of protecting our home, the tiny island of Singapore. Despite our weakness in size, they fought back with unity and strength, as they slowly built our country up to what it is today.
Another person who contributed greatly to Singapore's development and economical growth, is Mr Harry Lee Kwan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, having governed for three decades. Also widely recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore.
As the co-founder and first Secretary-General of the People's Action Party, he led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990, overseeing the seperation...
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