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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

TODAY IN HISTORY: On This Day in 1965, Singapore Gained Independence from Malaysia

Singapore officially the Republic of Singapore, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state. During World War II, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained
independence from Britain in 1963, by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia.
Singaporean leaders chose to join Malaysia primarily due to concerns over its limited land size, scarcity of water, markets and natural resources.

However, shortly after the merger, the Singapore state government and the Malaysian central government disagreed on many political and economic issues, and communal strife culminated in the 1964 race riots in Singapore.

After many heated ideological conflicts between the two governments, on 9 August 1965, the Malaysian Parliament voted 126 to 0 to expel Singapore from Malaysia with Singaporean delegates not present. Singapore gained independence as the Republic of Singapore (remaining within the Commonwealth of Nations) on 9 August 1965.

Lee Kuan Yew became Prime Minister, leading its Third World economy to First World affluence in a single generation. His emphasis on rapid economic growth, support for business entrepreneurship, and limitations on internal democracy set the new nation's policies for the next half-century.

Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: "easiest place to do business" (World Bank) for ten consecutive years, most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), 2nd-most competitive country (WEF), 3rd-largest foreign exchange centre, 3rd-largest financial centre, 3rd-largest oil refining and trading centre and one of the top two busiest container ports since the 1990s.
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Elvis Ben and 3 others like this.

Ogundeji Olaniyi Oriyomi

C how God do it........

Endy Edeson

@Olaniyi: you mean God did it for Singapore through Lee?

Darlington Ebuzo

Nigeria is 5yrs older than Singapore.
@independent, Singapore is drought of natural resources, lacks means of survival & was core third world nation. But in a single generation Singapore was transformed to a first world nation....it is wisdom!
We pray & seek for this kinda transfiguration in Nigeria...Amen.

Endy Edeson

@darlinghton: with time. when our leaders start thinking about the Society instead of their Businesses and personal concerns, then Nigeria can be like Singapore

Eze Osimiri

He is d man who transformed Singapore from third to first world economy......tumbs up to him.....need his likes our country Nigeria

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