22 Apr '11, 12am

MG Chan Chun Seng's Lanfang Republic analogy rebutted: #sgelections

I REFER to the report on new People's Action Party candidate Chan Chun Sing ("Singapore needs 'creativity and gumption to beat odds of history'"; Monday). Major-General (NS) Chan confined himself to South-east Asian history to show that states of Singapore's size rarely survived beyond 100 years. He gave the example of the Lanfang Republic, which survived only 107 years before being swallowed up by Dutch occupation. The lesson he drew from this experience was that the republic should have built up its own defences instead of relying on relations with the faltering Qing dynasty. The only force that has ever successfully invaded us since our founding was not from within South-east Asia. Mighty India too had been swallowed by British occupation. If India, like much of the rest of the non-European world, could not defend itself against European colonisation, what more could we...

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