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Post time 2007-7-9 17:22:49 |Display all floors
Originally posted by sky_net at 2007-6-30 15:49
As of 2006, 75.2% of Singapore's population are Chinese. Singapore is far away from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and yet there are so many Chinese in Singapore. Mandarin Chinese is even an  ...

A Country of Chinese? Yes.
A Chinese Country? No.

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Post time 2007-7-10 05:22:33 |Display all floors
Originally posted by sky_net at 2007-6-30 15:49
As of 2006, 75.2% of Singapore's population are Chinese. Singapore is far away from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and yet there are so many Chinese in Singapore. Mandarin Chinese is even an  ...



Languages

The national language of Singapore is Malay for historical reasons, and it is used in the national anthem, "Majulah Singapura".


The official languages are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.


English has been promoted as the country's language of administration since independence, and it is spoken by the majority of the population, especially the young. Public signs and official publications are in English, although there are usually translated versions in the other official languages.

The English used is primarily British English, with some American English influences. The local colloquial dialect of English is Singlish, which has many creole-like characteristics, having incorporated vocabulary and grammar from various Chinese dialects, Malay, and Indian languages. Singlish is spoken commonly on the streets, but the government frowns upon its use in official contexts. The use of English became widespread in Singapore after it was implemented as a first language medium in the education system, and English is the most common language in Singaporean literature.

The total population living in Singapore as of June 2006 is about 4.5 million, official demographic breakdowns and statistical analysis are only released for the 3.6 million who are Singaporean citizens and permanent residents (termed 'Singapore Residents').



Singapore is a republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government representing different constituencies. The bulk of the executive powers rests with the Cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister. The office of President of Singapore, historically a ceremonial one, was granted some veto powers as of 1991 for a few key decisions such as the use of the national reserves and the appointment of judiciary positions. Although the position is to be elected by popular vote, only the 1993 election has been contested to date. The legislative branch of government is the Parliament.

Parliamentary elections in Singapore are plurality-based for group representation constituencies since the Parliamentary Elections Act was modified in 1991.

The Economist Intelligence Unit lists Singapore as a country with a "hybrid" system comprised of democratic and authoritarian elements.

Singapore consists of 63 islands, including the main island itself.


~http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore:)\"\"

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Post time 2007-7-10 06:01:08 |Display all floors
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Post time 2007-7-10 07:51:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-2 10:40


it is mainly chinese with mainland ancestors........as part of them were my relatives..............

according to Premier Zhou En Lai - they prefer to be known as banana people,

yellow out ...

skin and appearance are not improtant, it is western system which make singapore become a developed country, but not eastern one.

call the other as banana, what are you going to call yourself, mango?

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Post time 2007-7-10 10:22:21 |Display all floors
Originally posted by szl8179 at 2007-7-10 07:51

skin and appearance are not improtant, it is western system which make singapore become a developed country, but not eastern one.

call the other as banana, what are you going to call yourself, ...



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Post time 2007-7-10 10:24:18 |Display all floors
Originally posted by thunderbird at 2007-7-10 05:22



Languages

The national language of Singapore is Malay for historical reasons, and it is used in the national anthem, "Majulah Singapura".


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That Malay Majulah(Progress) was because Singapore was attached to Malaysia in the beginning
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Post time 2007-7-11 05:16:00 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-10 10:24



That Malay Majulah(Progress) was because Singapore was attached to Malaysia in the beginning


Did Singapore  walk out or got "kicked" out by the Federation of Malaysia?

I read something on the net as follows:

Singapore became a self-governing state in 1959 with Yusof bin Ishak its first Yang di-Pertuan Negara and Lee Kuan Yew its first Prime Minister. Following the 1962 Merger Referendum of Singapore, Singapore joined Malaya, along with Sabah and Sarawak, to form the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, but was expelled two years later after heated ideological conflict between the state's PAP government and the federal Kuala Lumpur government. Singapore officially gained sovereignty on 9 August 1965. Yusof bin Ishak was sworn in as the first President of Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew remained prime minister.    ~http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore

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