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Misleading sentence[edit]

", and its greening policy has covered the densely populated island with tropical flora, parks and gardens."

It might be more accurate to say that its development policy replaced jungle and plantations and covered the island with hi-density housing. However, pockets of vegetation remain. To say the island is "covered" with parks and gardens is very misleading. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.70.86.220 (talk) 12:51, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

Agree. This was misleading and I have removed this. The "garden city" vision was about tree lines avenues and urban greenery. The geography section already explains this quite well.--BukitBintang8888 (talk) 05:18, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Inaccurate statement[edit]

"During the 1950s, Chinese communists with strong ties to the trade unions and Chinese schools waged a guerrilla war against the government, leading to the Malayan Emergency. "

The Malayan Emergency started in Malaya, not Singapore, in 1948. This sentence suggests that it originated in Singapore and spread onto the mainland of the Malay peninsula. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.70.86.220 (talk) 12:54, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 13 October 2017[edit]

Under the section 10.3 Sports and recreation, there is no mentioning of Asia's biggest MMA promotion ONE Championship. Please add the following at the end of section 10.3:

Singapore is the home of Asia's biggest MMA promotion ONE Championship. Notable fighters on the promotion's roster include Ben Askren, Roger Gracie, Brandon Vera and Shinya Aoki. Robb in (talk) 01:58, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. SparklingPessimist Scream at me! 01:59, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 18 October 2017[edit]

Change Singapura name derived from Sanskrit to Tamil. In sanskrit, it is simha but in Tamil it is "Singam". 2601:86:102:91E:A4FB:86DB:4E25:3FE1 (talk) 23:28, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 23:34, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Confusing/incorrect sentence[edit]

"Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore in 1819 as a trading post of the East India Company, but after its collapse and the eventual establishment of the British Raj, the islands were ceded to Britain and became part of its Straits Settlements in 1826."

The collapse of the East India Company that is mentioned apparently happened in 1857 and the establishment of the British Raj apparently took place in 1858. The thing about the Straits Settlements happened over 30 years before. So... this sentence simply seems incorrect to me? Can't make any sense of it. 90.227.225.20 (talk) 20:10, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

Done: Clarified date, Straits Settlements explained in body. Thank you. Shiok (talk) 11:03, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 November 2017[edit]

Under culture list the Original Theme park: Haw Par Villa Built in 1937 features 18 levels of hell according to Chinese philosophies. GirlMan Media (talk) 08:07, 3 November 2017 (UTC)http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/singapore-50-reasons/index.html GirlMan Media (talk) 08:07, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Partly done: Included link to Haw Par Villa article. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 00:57, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

Addition of content about greenery/biodiversity[edit]

Regarding Edit 1 and Edit 2, here are some observations.

  • Edit 1 actually removed a very well cited paper (500 + citations) from Nature (journal) which is a highly reputable journal. The content was also succinctly written. It explained about the deforestation along with the efforts to combat it.--BukitBintang8888 (talk) 14:49, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • I had a look at the MIT Treepedia which ranked cities based on greenery in Google Street View. This is a pretty bad ranking to use as it excludes cites in most parts of the world including India and China. Secondly, the reputation of the ranking also needs to be looked at. This is not really a ranking by a well respected institution, but rather a project by a single research group over there. I don't see well respected think tanks or institutes using this ranking.--BukitBintang8888 (talk) 15:24, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • The Yale Environmental Performance Index seems to have a better reputation but Singapore's performance seems to have been fluctuating. I have removed it for the time being as it only referred to one particular year (2014)--BukitBintang8888 (talk) 15:33, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Only functional city state[edit]

Regarding this content

Singapore is an island country in Southeast Asia and one of the few remaining sovereign city-states in the contemporary world. Some consider the nation to be the only city-state, depending on their defined characteristics. For example The Economist refers to the nation as the "world’s only fully functioning city-state".[1][2][3]

References

  1. ^ "The Singapore exception". The Economist. 18 July 2015. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Koh, edited by Gillian (2014). Singapore perspectives 2013 governance. Singapore: World Scientific Pub. Co. p. 100. ISBN 9814520756. 
  3. ^ O'Toole, Randal (2012). American nightmare : how government undermines the dream of home ownership. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute. p. 100. ISBN 1937184889. Actually, outside of a few city-states such as Monaco or SIngapore, most places... 

I have currently removed it as it doesn't exactly come in geography, but is more of a governance thing. I think the information that Singapore is a city state should be present in some form in the article, but it would be good to look for better citations. The Economist article is a opinion piece and the claim of "world’s only fully functioning city-state" seems to be present only in that article (cannot find other sources for it). I would like to see what some good quality/peer reviewed/academic sources say about this. "one of the few remaining" is also editorialisation of language, implying that Singapore had always been a city state and while others lost their status, Singapore still continues to be one.--BukitBintang8888 (talk) 15:39, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Reduce the images[edit]

Can we reduce the images please? I wanted to add an image of the Singapore Botanic Gardens which is a World Heritage Site. But the article is so cluttered with images that I hardly see any space to add them.--BukitBintang8888 (talk) 15:40, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

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