A woman takes a photo of Raffles’s statue in Singapore, as the city-state marks 200 years since his arrival in Singapore [Tom Benner/Al Jazeera]

Singapore – A pristine white statue of a man in Western clothes, arms folded with the air of a conquering hero, stands on the banks of the Singapore River at the site where he is believed to have landed exactly 200 years ago on Monday.

The statue is of

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