The Fall Of Singapore – February 15, 1942

by Patrick Liew on August 19, 2019

The Fall Of Singapore – February 15, 1942

On this day, 77 years ago, Singapore was attacked by Japanese forces.

Thousands of people from Singapore and allied forces were killed and injured in a cruel battle.

Sir Winston Churchill, the then Prime Minister of the U.K. referred to the fall of Singapore as the “worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history.”

The lesson that we can take away from this tragedy is that we should not take our freedom, survival and progress for granted.

We should stand up and fight for our lives, rights, values and aspirations.

In an imperfect world, we should hate war but at the same time, we have to be like a bee.

People will not mess around with a bee because they know it will sting them.

The sting will not only be painful but also possibly fatal.

That’s one of the reasons why Singapore is a great nation.

Over the years, we have built a strong Singapore Armed Forces – well-funded, well-trained, well-equipped, and well-prepared.

We are one of the most modernized, professional, effective, and operationally-ready fighting forces in an unpredictable world.

We have the capacity and capability for defending ourselves, and for retaliation against both conventional and unconventional threats.

In addition, we have the means to not only keep our adversaries at a safe distance away from us, but also the ability and agility to launch preemptive strikes to defend ourselves.

As we have a fast-aging population and a low total fertility rate, at some point in the future, we have to mobilize female Singaporeans to become a proactive part of our Total Defence system.

More than anything else, we have enough people who love our Shining Little Red Dot and who will fight to the last breath to protect Singapore and Singaporeans.

We will defend everything we stand for, believe in, and have as a nation.

Majulah Singapura!


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