Not Born in Singapore


In this animation video series, learn more about the contributions of three foreign-born individuals who have made significant contributions to Singapore. Their stories are adapted from the Institute of Policy Studies’ book Not Born in Singapore: Fifty Personalities who Shaped the Nation.

Watch the videos here:

Pioneer of Social Work – Ann Wee

Ann Elizabeth Wee has trudged through squatter areas to help the needy and fought to introduce a university Honours degree course for social work. For her pioneering and continuing contributions to the local social work scene, UK-born Wee has been fondly described as a “walking encyclopaedia on Singapore’s social welfare landscape

Putting Singapore On the Right Track – Bruno Wildermuth

Swiss national and Singapore Permanent Resident, Bruno Wildermuth is a key figure behind Singapore’s MRT system. He also established the world’s first integrated ticketing system in Singapore.

A Prodigious Peddler – Mustaq Ahmad

The lack of a prestigious MBA has not prevented India-born Mustaq Ahmad from turning his makeshift street stall into a multi-million dollar retail business. Mustafa Centre, which he built in Little India, is the go-to place for both local and overseas shoppers on the hunt of a good deal, for just about any basic essentials, and more.
Last updated on 01 August 2018