Singapore, a fairly small island country, consists of approximately 5.5 million people … and it is still growing!
Considered as being one of the most globalised countries in the world, Singapore has many connections to a variety of other countries.
Singapore has given birth to a number of people who went on to become famous leaders, well-known personalities, sporting stars, and more. There are also a number of famous faces that have chosen to make Singapore their home.
Here are some of Singapore’s most famous people:
Lee Kuan Yew
Born in Singapore on September 16, 1923, Lee Kuan Yew became the longest-serving prime minister in world history. He became an iconic identifier to many foreigners and a much-loved leader by Singaporeans. The British-educated lawyer has left behind the legacy of an efficient and prospering country. He was a leader who brought great success to a place that had previously lived through a variety of struggles. He remains the founding father of Singapore in many Singaporeans’ hearts and minds.
Ang Peng Siong
A competitive swimmer from 1977 to 1993, he was ranked the world’s number one in 1982. He managed to achieve a time of 22.69 seconds in the 50 metres freestyle event at the US Nationals. It was an undefeated national record for a whopping 33 years … and the record was beaten by another successful Singaporean! Ang Peng Siong represented Singapore at the 1977 Southeast Asian Games in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. He was just the tender age of 15 at that time. He was the first Singaporean swimmer to be offered an overseas full athletics scholarship to study at the University of Houston. Today, he is a swimming idol for many young swimmers to look up to as they try to follow in his footsteps.
A previous Singaporean international football player, Fandi Ahmad is considered by national football fans to be a true legend. By the time he was 15, Fandi had become a first-team player in the National Football League Division 1, the highest level of club football in Singapore at that time. With the Singapore national team, Fandi won 101 caps, scored 55 goals, and won three silver medals at the Southeast Asian Games. On top of all that, he was also captain of the team from 1993 to 1997. He has been offered football contracts from a number of places, including Ajax (Amsterdam, Holland), Niac Mitra (Indonesia) and FC Groningen (Holland). He has also launched the Fandi Ahmad Football Club (FAFC), which is an inspiring community project that aims to teach football to youngsters.
Dick Lee is one of Singapore’s best known personalities in the arts scene as a pop singer, composer, songwriter, playwright and a judge on Singapore Idol. Dick Lee started his career in 1971 when, at the age of fifteen he championed the acceptance of Asian elements in pop music. This continued throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He has won several awards in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Singapore Repertory Theatre, and he has been in this role since 1998.