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It has been 50 years since the island city-state was forced to become independent from Malaysia. Singapore was once a tiny, impoverished nation without resources. Today, it's a high-tech powerhouse...and the envy of its neighbours.
Singapore: The success story

It has been 50 years since the island city-state was forced to become independent from Malaysia. Singapore was once a tiny, impoverished nation without resources. Today, it's a high-tech powerhouse...and the envy of its neighbours.

One of Singapore's outstanding pioneer Malay and Singapore's first president, the late Mr Yusof Ishak and wife (Photo credit: CNA)
What is the ‘Singaporean Language’?

Ten years ago on a flight to Europe, I was struck dumbfounded by a stranger for the first time in my life. I was seated next to a friendly Caucasian lady. We chatted happily about our holiday destinations before she asked me, "You're from Singapore, so what language do you speak?".

This photo taken on April 24, 2015 shows a bust of the late founding father Lee Kuan Yew inside the office of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre of Innovative Cities at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Lee Kuan Yew International Airport? A banknote with the founding Singaporean leader's face on it? A new national holiday? The death of the widely revered leader known as "LKY" last month has sparked a vigorous debate in Singapore over how to honour its first prime minister, who famously disdained personal monuments. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
Banknotes or airport? Singapore mulls Lee Kuan Yew tribute

Lee Kuan Yew International Airport? A banknote with the founding Singaporean leader's face on it? A new national holiday? The death of the widely revered leader known as "LKY" last month has sparked a vigorous debate in Singapore over how to honour its first prime minister, who famously disdained personal monuments.

When it started life as an independent, separate country in 1965, Singapore’s prospects did not look good. Tiny and underdeveloped, it had no natural resources and a population of relatively recent immigrants with little shared history.
Why Singapore became an economic success

When it started life as an independent, separate country in 1965, Singapore’s prospects did not look good. Tiny and underdeveloped, it had no natural resources and a population of relatively recent immigrants with little shared history.