Sinnathamby Rajaratnam was the Minister of Foreign Affairs
for Singapore between 1965 and 1980 and
was the Deputy Prim Minister of Singapore between 1980 and
Rajaratnam is regarded as
one of the founding fathers of independent Singapore as it achieved
self-government in 1959 and later independence in 1965.
During his years in
parliament, he served as Minister for Culture (1959), Minister for Foreign
Affairs (1965-1980), Minister for Labour (1968-1971), and Second Deputy
Prime Minister (1980-1985).
Singapore's first foreign minister, following its abrupt independence in
1965 and wrote the Singapore National Pledge in 1966.
with the Foreign Ministers of Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore
officially formed ASEAN in
25 February 1915
to 22 February
Founding of ASEAN, 30th Anniversary
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