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Singapore's national identity

In the uncertain years following Singapore’s separation from Malaysia in the mid-20th century, several government officials penned the National Pledge. It emphasized that all Singaporeans make up one integral body in spite of differences in religion or race, and that together they can pave the way to happiness and prosperity.

The cultural heritage of Singapore was further shaped in 1998 when the then First Deputy Prime Minister 5 Shared Values were put forth for all Singaporeans to subscribe to. The values were:

Nation before community and society before self
Family as the basic unit of society
Community support and respect for the individual
Consensus, not conflict
Racial and religious harmony


Singapore will celebrate 37 years since its independence this Saturday, August 9, 2003.

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