An art installation, The Most Mild-Mannered Man, comprising of a bust of Sir Stamford Raffles placed across from an empty pedestal bearing the name of Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor, who signed the treaty allowing the British to set up a trading post in Singapore. Photo: Clara Chow

Raffles who? 200 years since the British colonialist, Singapore would rather he disappear

  • In an effort to ‘decolonise’ its past, the Lion City is putting a twist on its bicentennial ‘commemoration’ of the landing of Sir Stamford Raffles
  • It’s spending a year celebrating neither date, nor man. It’s almost like the British colonialist disappeared. Oh wait, he just did
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An art installation, The Most Mild-Mannered Man, comprising of a bust of Sir Stamford Raffles placed across from an empty pedestal bearing the name of Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor, who signed the treaty allowing the British to set up a trading post in Singapore. Photo: Clara Chow
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