06 Jun '13, 7am

A Different Side of Singapore

Interesting perspective which unfortunately may be to the liking of many philistine Indonesians who don’t even give a hoot to the greater history and culture of their own country. Some minor inaccuracies though in “In 1819, the Sultan of Singapore signed a treaty with British government representative Thomas Stamford Raffles allowing the British East India Company to establish a trading post in Singapore in return for an annual fee”. There never was a Sultan of Singapore, should be the then (as regarded by Raffles) Sultan of Johor. Raffles was not a British government representative since he worked for the East India Company (the EIC, incidentally without the prefix British in front of the company name). The British government only took control of the affairs of the EIC and by extension its territories including Singapore only after 1858 in the aftermath of the Indian Muti...

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