From Third World to First – Ministry of Interior and Defence

Reading this book by LKY and it’s really interesting how little nuggets of history still present themselves in everyday life.

For example, did you know that military vehicles in Singapore start with MID because the ministry used to be known as Military of Interior and Defence (MID)? There were a couple of reasons why the ministry of home affairs and military of defence were combined. Firstly, there was a lack of ministers to head individual ministries and MID, with it’s combined portfolio was placed under Goh Keng Swee. Secondly, when Singapore was first booted out from Malaysia, our 2 battalions were controlled by Malaysia. Combining home affairs and military into one portfolio allowed Goh Keng Swee to use the police force to help in the basic training of army recruits! Hence, till this day, license plates of SAF vehicles start with the letters, MID.

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