23 October 2016
The Law of the Land exhibition at the National Gallery was officially opened by Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim last week.
For the exhibition, more than 20 documents from the National Archives of Singapore and the National Library’s collection will be on display.
Dr Yaacob said it is important for a young nation to be “familiar with our history”.
Some of the highlights of the exhibition include six regulations set out in 1823 by Sir Stamford Raffles, in an attempt to impose law and order in the growing settlement, the 1958 Singapore Constitution, which sets out the framework for Singapore’s then newly won self-governance, documents proclaiming Singapore’s merger with Malaya in 1963, as well as documents detailing Singapore’s separation from Malaysia to become an independent republic in 1965.