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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Singapore's 42th Birthday

Measured by the number of national flags on display during National Day, Singaporeans are most likely to be the most patriotic citizens in the world. It probably has the most displayed flags per population or square kilometre. Singapore's National Day, which marks their independence and separation from the Federation of Malaysia on 9th August 1965.
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Have you ever noticed how similar the Singapore flag is to the Indonesian and the Malaysian flags?



Isn't this very symbolic of pre-independence Singapore or even the old Temasek days of coming out from the 14th century Indonesian sultanates of Sri Vijaya and the Majapahit Empires; and then the Federation of Malaysia? :)
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Such notions are probably not popular amongst the fiercely patriotic people in this successful nation state. Much like the other notion that some (older) people living on the island were once born British, then became Malaysians before becoming Singapore citizens! :)
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For the official symbolic meaning of the Singapore flag, click here



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