The Little Red Dot

As a small country, Singapore has been depicted as a little red dot in both global and Asian maps.

The little red dot is also a nickname to refer to Singapore in casual conversations and other forms of communication.

The term “little red dot” became more prominent because of former President of Indonesia B. J. Habibie.

He referred to the term in an interview with the Asian Wall Street Journal, the report of which was published in August 4, 1998.

Habibie’s remark was widely deemed to be a disparaging remark but it was denied by him.

Since then, the term was used by both political leaders and ordinary citizens in Singapore with pride and confidence.

Despite the size, Singapore has punched above its weight and risen to become a widely-admired country.

In a fast-changing and fast-moving world, the reach, success and impact of a nation go beyond just size.

Our success is dependent on our capacity for growth, and capability, agility, and tenacity to achieve desired dreams.

In this regard, having a small size can be a defining edge. Being small can be a great strength.

Being described as a red dot can also be a great virtue.

Red is a special colour that symbolises meaningful and profound values.

Red has been said to be one of two favorite colours of all people. It’s being used by 77% of all flags in the world.

Besides black and white, red is also the next best preferred colour for written languages.

To the Chinese, red is used to represent happiness and prosperity.

That’s why during during Chinese New Year and weddings, good wishes are crafted in red.

Money is being inserted into red packets and offered to loved ones as wishes for good fortunes.

Why is red such a special colour?

It’s said that when the cornea and lens focuses on red, the light rays grow more convex and seems to pull the colour forward.

This is a possible reason why red is one of the most visible colors in the spectrum and draws attention.

It’s probably the same reasons why anything hot is referred to as “red hot.”

It’s probably the same reason why red is used in stop signs and fire engines as an indicator for attraction, assertiveness and alertness.

Red is also used to represent strength, power, and prestige. Perhaps that’s the reason why we roll out the “red carpets” for VIPs.

Since red is the colour of blood, it’s deem to be a positive and warm colour. It has been used as colour of the heart and is associated with love and a good life.

Red is also the colour that’s being used to symbolise determination to survive and succeed.

It’s also associated with qualities of compassion, passion, courage, happiness, prosperity and well being.

The positive values represented by red are also the values that has made Singapore a unicorn in the world.

These are also the values that can make us a strong, secure and sustainable country in the future.

Happy National Day!


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About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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