1965 - Dire Straits

By Dan Wong - http://www.agoodcitizenobeys.com

This piece depicts Singapore in the 1960s after her failed merger with Malaysia, and how the leaders and pioneers of the small nation-state had to pull the collective will of the country together despite limited resources as well as internal and external threats.

Various ethnicities as well as professions like Samsui women, construction workers, coolies, white collar workers and others are depicted shouldering the burdens of the tumultuous 1960s, with some of the 'Old Guard' of Singapore's leadership steering the efforts.

Drawn specifically for Singapore's 50th birthday, the artwork takes a slightly different vein with regard to the idea of celebration by peering into the past, instead of the future. After all, without the people of the past, there would be no Singaporeans of the future.