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Singapore Turns 45!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:11 pm



Singapore turns 45 today, 9th August 2010 (+8 GMT). We became independent on 9th August 1965 after being separated from Malaysia, thus becoming the first country to gain independence against our own will. Since then, Singapore has developed into a vibrant city in South East Asia.

Happy Birthday Singapore! I LOVE YOU!


Timeline of the History of Singapore

1819 - Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles
1942 - Singapore was invaded by the Japanese in World War II and was renamed Syonan-to, meaning Light of the South Island in Japanese. (昭南島 Shōnan-tō)
1945 - Japanese surrendered to the allies
1947 - Malayan Airlines (former identity of Singapore Airlines) took off for its first flight to Kuala Lumpur using an Airspeed Consul.
1948 - The first Singaporean elections was held and only British subjects were allowed to vote.
1958 - Singapore's National Anthem, Majulah Singapore, was composed by Zubir Said.
1959 - Lee Kuan Yew became the first Prime Minister of Singapore.
1963 - Singapore merged with Malaysia. Malayan Airways was renamed Malaysian Airways.
1964 - The 1964 racial riots broke out in Singapore
1965 - The Malaysian parliament voted 126-0 to kick Singapore out of Malaysia on 9 August 1965. Singapore became the first country to gain independence against her own will. Singapore was officially the Republic of Singapore and Yusof bin Ishak was appointed as the first President.
1966 - Malaysian Airways split into Malaysia-Singapore Airlines following the separation of Singapore from Malaysia. The Singapore Pledge as drafted by S.Rajaratnam, one of the founding fathers of Singapore.
1972 - Malaysia-Singapore Airlines split into Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines System.
1988 - Group Representative Constituencies were set up in Singapore to allow minority representation in Parliament.
1990 - Goh Chok Tong became the second Prime Minister of Singapore, preceding Lee Kuan Yew.

[Edited 2010-08-08 09:47:46]
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:28 pm

Happy birthday, Singapore.

Looking back over those 45 years, who could ever have thought that a country of that size could have achieved what Singapore has achieved. Here's to many more years of success!

I bet the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015 will be something very special indeed! I hope Lee Kuan Yew lives to see them, because he has been the leading light in Singapore's success.
 
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:38 pm

Happy birthday, Singapore.

Until now I was reading Singapore's history of independence and other developments.
Have a great time in celebrations.
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday Singapore!   
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:27 pm

Great little country, wishing it all the best!  
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:01 pm

Happy birthday my dream place to live! 

Are there big celebrations usually? If so, I could have paid a short visit ...
 
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:23 pm

Congrats =) Perhaps the most impressive/unlikely Asian "miracle" story of them all.
 
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:23 am

Quoting mickster (Reply 5):
Are there big celebrations usually? If so, I could have paid a short visit ...

There's the National Day Parade which is held every year on this special day and every 5 years it will be held at the Padang. Coincidentally, this year is the 45th year so it's at the Padang!

Tickets are available for free. Balloting is required, but I think it'll be hard to compete for tickets as millions of people will be competing for just over 100k (or sometimes even lesser) tickets for both preview and the actual show. Probably easier to get onto a flight as a standby.. =D

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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:43 am

Happy Birthday Singapore, i have fond memories of my transit visits there as a young boy  .
 
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:59 am

Quoting mickster (Reply 5):
Happy birthday my dream place to live!

Seeing that you work in investment banking it should be easy for you to find work there.
I have a friend who lives in Singapore that works in a related field to yours. He may have work for you and make your dreams come true.  
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:23 am

It's a fascinating place to visit. As someone who traveled around the SE Asia region, what particularly stood out to me was the attitude about the country's colonial past. Whereas just about every country in the region that I visited (all except for Burma and the Philippines) demonized or, at best, de-emphasized their colonial rulers, Singapore is the only country to practically worship their colonial founders and officials.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Seeing that you work in investment banking it should be easy for you to find work there

I'd say so. The area right around Raffles Place felt like Wall Street.
 
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:46 am

Quoting us330 (Reply 10):
Whereas just about every country in the region that I visited (all except for Burma and the Philippines) demonized or, at best, de-emphasized their colonial rulers, Singapore is the only country to practically worship their colonial founders and officials.

Perhaps Singapore's colonist were not as brutal as the colonist in surrounding nations?
I'm not up on the history of the region.

Quoting us330 (Reply 10):
I'd say so. The area right around Raffles Place felt like Wall Street.

Tell me about it.
After drinking at a bar there, I wondered outside looking for the subway entrance to take the 2 line Seventh Avenue Express train back to my friends house in Flatbush.  




BTW, Happy 10th Airliners.net birthday us330!  birthday 

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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:58 am

Quoting us330 (Reply 10):
Whereas just about every country in the region that I visited (all except for Burma and the Philippines) demonized or, at best, de-emphasized their colonial rulers, Singapore is the only country to practically worship their colonial founders and officials.

That's because it is the British who made Singapore into a trading port and encouraged people from China and India to migrate there in the 1800s to 1900s. Today only 15% of Singapore is of the indigenous Malay population. The British left behind a very good education system and civil service which were built upon by the local government after independence. For example the school system still uses British O and A Levels which are marked in the UK and jointly awarded by Cambridge University and Singapore's Ministry of Education. Over the years the GCSEs and A Levels in the UK have gotten easier, so Singapore now sets its own syllabus and Cambridge sets special papers for Singapore candidates.

It's quite funny - Every year Cambrdige examiners come to Singapore to get to know the place, and understand the context in which Singaporeans live in. They get newspaper articles and clippings etc, and use them to set current affairs questions. Teachers in the UK in winter then have to mark thousands of scripts from Singaporean students, and in narrative essays will read about "hawker centres", "wet markets" and "playgrounds near the void decks of the apartments". In Fact when I did my A Levels nearly 10 years ago, we were told that we do not need to qualify what the word "kiasu" means because all Cambridge examiners and markers were already acquainted with that word!

Because there were no natural resources for the British to plunder, the only way Singapore could prosper as an outpost of the British Empire in the Far East was through good infrastructure, a well developed port and a good civil service. Same with Hong Kong - which is why I think Singaporeans and Hong Kongers do not have any hard feelings towards the British at all. We've kept all our colonial road names like Queen Street, Victoria Street and all the Raffles names.

To deny our colonial heritage would be to deny our history.
 
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:29 am

Happy Birthday Singapore!!   

Truly a wonderful city-state and a good example to follow, I visited back in 2008 and loved it! I've been longing to return ever since, I got hooked on that wonderful Kaya toast! 

Also a place I'd love to live... for a while until the heat gets the best of me LOL.

A few days ago I was watching a short documentary about Lee Kuan Yew, very smart and courageous man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVDE0KPMaeY

Here's to more!   

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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:54 am

Happy National Day to Singapore and all Singapore nationals!!!

                                                                                                                                            
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:08 am

Happy National/Birthday/Independence Day guys.
 
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:36 am

The Singapore Song by Rony Tan

From past to present.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O67SyJiyzY

     
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:18 am

Fantastic, congrats!!! Love the city and the people!!
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RE: Singapore Turns 45!

Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:55 pm

Quoting Kappel (Reply 17):
Fantastic, congrats!!! Love the city and the people!!

Couldn't agree more  
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