Who should be honoured as the rightful founder of Singapore?
This "Perspectives Debate" invites you to contribute your thoughts on who ought to be honoured as the rightful founder of Singapore.
You are to make use of the following information to help you:
1) Previous individual/group/class definitions of "Founding" to structure your arguments on what constitutes our criteria in recognising a "Founder"
2) Evidences shared in the last lesson based on the 9 sets of readings we went through in class
It was undoubtedly Raffles' ambition and vision which led him to search for another British base in the Straits of Malacca, and to select Singapore as the best location to achieve British economic and strategic objectives in the region. Without Raffles, it is likely that Singapore would have remained a sparsely inhabited island, on the margins of the Dutch colonial empire in the East Indies.