Talk:Singapore

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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Singapore:

Improvement of Singapore article

  • Singapore_in_Malaysia is its own article which should be linked in the 2nd paragraph.
  • Demographics: Fix typing error in the link to "2009 global financial criss[sic]."
  • Etymology: The name of singapore may be come from Tamil. In tamil, it means "living place of lions"(singa - lion and pore - place) which is denoting the forest island.
  • History: include more events from 1965 to 1990
  • Geography: include more on geology
  • Economy: mention labor relations, employment conditions, unemployment statistics, class or gender distinctions, CPF as retirement pension
  • Education: include information on tertiary education, MOE policies(broad-based education, MTL policy), rankings on PISA(Programme for International Student Assessment) and TIMSS(Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study)
  • Expand section on health and medicine
  • Art: mention music and literature
  • Incomplete / needed citations, especially in History and Military sections.
  • Mention urban planning and its significance and how land use and density is distributed and tie in with rest of content
  • To include a section on Singapore Science & Technology
  • Better coverage for media section
  • NEW Hi I can't edit due to the semi-protection but can somebody add the information about Christmas Island and Cocos Islands to our history and geography? Singapore was compensated 2.9 million pounds by Australia for giving up Christmas Island to Australia in 1957 and there was no protest by then Lim Yew Hock, and Christmas Island used Singapore stamps and was governed by Singapore until that point in time. Oh and I dont know how to make an edit request so Im typing here... Vigelic (talk) 14:24, 23 November 2013 (UTC)

Development of Singapore's sub-pages

  • More detail on to South Indian Hindu empires (e.g. the Majpahit) that preceded the Malay Sultanates and influenced the course of history and culture for Malaya and Singapore.
  • Expand and improve Government of Singapore (moving less prominent material from Politics of Singapore)which tends to come across as personal and subjective, and create a section to be integrated into the Singapore article and tied in with rest of content
  • More balanced "treatment" (or coverage) of all races and religions rather than a centrism which focuses on one more than the others.
  • More insight into colonial era British defence forces, including the Singapore Volunteer Corps, the Scottish regiment, the British Navy presence, the various batteries posted all over the island.

Review & Revision, FAC Process

  • Bring over references from subpages.
  • Others as appropriate.
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Some observations[edit]

I came to this page because I needed to get an overview of modern Singapore. Let me say right off that it is good to read with loads of information. The following comments are just my impressions as a reader.

Introduction The introduction is a bit in your face. There is such a wide coverage and so much detail that it it's a bit hard to digest. Suggest that it be summarised and some of the data be saved for later sections.

Pictures I feel that the pictures are too small (of course they can be expanded by clicking on them)

Tourism I haven't checked this, but surely Singapore has a large tourist industry. There is no coverage of this in the article.

Nature Yes, Singapore is a go-go nation with high urbanisation and land development but even though it's a small island there must be some areas of 'natural' beauty. Nothing of this is covered either in the text or by the pictures.

This is not meant to be a criticism of the Singapore page. On the contrary I enjoyed reading it. It's just my initial impression.

CPES (talk) 17:42, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

The case of Shanmugam Murugesu[edit]

This appears to be a key point in the country's history. Not only many in Singapore but around the world were shocked by the hanging execution of a man for marijuana. The demonstrations that occurred in the country itself are worthy of note here, being the first large public questioning of a man killed by their justice system. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.176.108.8 (talk) 03:19, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Execution and civil liberties may seem to be important to you such that this is important enough to be included in the Wikipedia article about Singapore. Clue: It isn't. This article isn't about civil liberties. While you may want to champion your cause, this is the wrong place to do it. Stay relevant to the topic. --82.28.198.237 (talk) 18:38, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

"Singapore finally finds a voice in death row protest

'The Canton meeting room at Singapore's drab Furama Hotel is an unlikely venue for history to be made. But on Friday night this bland setting hosted an unprecedented event for the tightly controlled island republic. Organisers of a three-hour vigil for Shanmugam Murugesu, who is likely to be executed on Friday for possession of 1 kilo of marijuana, said it was the nation's first public gathering organised solely by citizens demanding a change to the law.'

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/may/08/johnaglionby.theobserver — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.176.108.8 (talk) 03:23, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

That was nine years ago! -- Alarics (talk) 08:41, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

hi alarics. not sure what your point is? a historic event is not based on its currency in time. it could have been 1,000 years ago, or today. thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.176.108.8 (talk) 22:12, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

And your point is? I refer you to Wikipedia's policy about giving undue weight to minority views. Just because someone said something doesn't mean it should be included. --82.28.198.237 (talk) 18:33, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

hi 82.28.198.237, do you have a reliable source that the Guardian article covered a minority view? thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.176.108.8 (talk) 09:30, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

The point is that now, nine years on, we can see that protest didn't in fact have any effect on policy. -- Alarics (talk) 12:30, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Smart Nation artcle[edit]

There is a proposal to convert Smart Nation, an article about Singapore's 'Smart Nation' project into a redirect to Smart city. Content from that article may be appropriate to add to this article and I am inviting people here to enter the discussion on talk:Smart Nation. PeterEastern (talk) 05:24, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Concerning to the map in ASEAN (I can add a larger dot if editors think it looks too small, as in the case of Brunei)[edit]

As I said in the article about Brunei, Singapore is a small country, so it may be barely visible in this map (and the same concern I have about Brunei, so I've edited this comment in the Brunei article Talk Page). If the editors about Singapore have any problem with it, I can add a quite larger dot on Singapore's location (and the same is applyable to Brunei). Thanks for reading and for all of your suggestions. Mondolkiri1 (talk) 3:16, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

singapore english[edit]

This section should be changed: "singapore english is based on british english" seems to refer to the standard written language but is ambiguous; there are a few lines discussing the relationship between the standard language and local creole but this needs work as well — Preceding unsigned comment added by Telmac (talkcontribs) 15:38, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Democracy Index[edit]

So on 10.03.2015 YJAX made an edit, 'upgrading' Singapore to a 'flawed democracy'.

However, the most recent Democracy Index available from 2013 (Democracy index 2013: Democracy in limbo) still classifies it as a 'hybrid regime' - so I don't see what's the basis for that edit.CryptoCopter (talk) 19:39, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

The latest Democracy Index in 2014 moved Singapore up to the 'flawed democracies' category.--Joshua Talk to me What I've done? 10:40, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Panoramic view of central district[edit]

Can anyone verify that the panoramic view of the central district (last image in the article) is legitimate? The entire right 3rd of the image looks clone-stamped together with all of the duplicate buildings, but I suppose it's possible the city has actually been built like that to save costs. Some guy (talk) 08:42, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

The picture looks alright to me. Those seemly identical buildings on the right are HDB public housing blocks, which are built closely in clusters to save space and costs.--Joshua Talk to me What I've done? 13:29, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Ah, very interesting. Thank you. Some guy (talk) 05:59, 26 March 2015 (UTC)