1606 words 7 pagesName: Wang Minghui
Matriculation no. A0105569Y
Tutor’s name: Dr Donna Brunero
Tutorial group: GE2
Total word count: part1-1137 words; part2-264 words.
About two hundred years ago, Raffles arrived at a small fishing village in Melaka Strait, took charge of it and started a new generation. Now, this small fishing village is named Singapore and became one of the most globalized countries in the world. Raffles, the adventurer in 1819, is still an iconic hero in Singapore’s social memory. This paper will interpret the founding of Singapore in 1819 as a result of four main factors: Raffles’ ambition as a clerk of the East India Company, the Anglo- Dutch competition, Malay policy and Temasek’s revival as a trading emporium in 14th …show more content…
To sum up, the event happened in Singapore in 1819 can be interpreted in four ways. Firstly, Raffles’ ambition as a clerk of EIC urged the finding of Singapore. Secondly, the rivalries between British and Dutch made British speed up their expansion to Singapore. Thirdly, Tengku Husian’s eagerness to find external support pushed him to sign with Raffles. Finally, the remaining effect of 14th century trading emporium in Temasek established the foundation of the finding of Singapore as a port city.
In my opinion, the words in the plaque should be rewrite as “On this history site, sir Thomas Stamford Raffles first landed in Singapore on 28th January 1819 and with genius and perception advanced the development of Singapore from an obscure fishing village to a great seaport and modern metropolis”.
In the original plaque, Raffles’ landing in Singapore is seen as changing the destiny of Singapore from a fishing village to a global city, which means that without Raffles’ visiting, Singapore will never become such a globalized city. As what the paper declared before, the finding of Singapore is caused by external reasons, ambitions of Raffles and Anglo-Dutch rivalries, and internal reasons which are Malay policies, the trading history of Singapore and Singapore’s strategic location. In the finding and development of Singapore as a port city, even though Raffles’ contribution is significant, those internal reasons