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Old 03-15-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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Singapore is half Islamic state, half North Korea.
Only about 14% of the population of Singapore is muslim, the largest religion is Buddhism, followed by Christianity. There is nothing remotely "Islamic state" about Singapore. The comparison to North Korea is obviously extreme as well. Singapore's current leader was elected, people are free to pursue any career they want, free to leave at any time (either for holiday or permanent immigration), their salaries and expenses are mostly determined by market rate, not set by the government. Any citizen can run for public office, etc. Their freedom of the press is not great, and their libel laws are terrible, but for the most part citizens are free to do as they wish.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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Why not? There are even smaller countries in the world.

But you need to be aware that Singapore and Hong Kong are totally different.

Singapore is an authoritarian state with very little press freedom and quite some Sharia law. However, the dictator of Singapore made some good decisions to boost the economy, making Singapore the only developed country that is very politically oppressive.

If Hong Kong were granted independence, it would probably look like Taiwan.
First HK has absolutely zero chance of go independent. NOr was HK EVER a democracy.

Two, Singapore IMO should serve as an example for many Asian countries. Singapore is not "oppressive". The government doesn't persecute its citizens, in fact, it is more succcessful than almost all countries except a few.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:36 PM
 
Location: singapore
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Singapore is half Islamic state, half North Korea.
This person obviously know nothing about singapore
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: singapore
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Only about 14% of the population of Singapore is muslim, the largest religion is Buddhism, followed by Christianity. There is nothing remotely "Islamic state" about Singapore. The comparison to North Korea is obviously extreme as well. Singapore's current leader was elected, people are free to pursue any career they want, free to leave at any time (either for holiday or permanent immigration), their salaries and expenses are mostly determined by market rate, not set by the government. Any citizen can run for public office, etc. Their freedom of the press is not great, and their libel laws are terrible, but for the most part citizens are free to do as they wish.
Accutate truth !!!
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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What were some of things that Thatcher did to maximize Britain's economic interest in Hong Kong after the handover?
that detail i don't know, but china could have easily set British back in many ways. for example, confiscate British company assets that were attained with even just the slightest colonial govt help.
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:00 AM
 
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First HK has absolutely zero chance of go independent. NOr was HK EVER a democracy.

Two, Singapore IMO should serve as an example for many Asian countries. Singapore is not "oppressive". The government doesn't persecute its citizens, in fact, it is more succcessful than almost all countries except a few.
Then, would you ever think about living in Singapore in your lifetime?
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Old 03-16-2017, 04:06 AM
 
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Then, would you ever think about living in Singapore in your lifetime?
Definitely (assuming a good enough job). At least two friends of are live there and they are happy.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Then, would you ever think about living in Singapore in your lifetime?
I would live in Singapore in a mini-heartbeat! I absolutely love that city.

It's easy in the Top 5 cities in the world, that I'd love to be living in.

What do I love? Fantastic quality of life, I love the architecture - i.e. the colorful rowhomes and businesses, I love the modern buildings they keep constructing, the restaurants, the cultures - i.e. Chinese, Indian, Malay, British, etc. I love the fact they use English and have large English bookstores.

Fantastic city. I prefer it to Hong Kong, although Hong is also in my Top 5 favorite cities that I'd prefer to live in.

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Old 03-16-2017, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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http://harvardpolitics.com/world/sin...horitarianism/

Singapore is known for its stubborn authoritarianism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore

Caning is very popular among Muslim countries. Singapore is only half Islamic, cool, at least they don't do a lot of "honor killing".
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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First HK has absolutely zero chance of go independent. NOr was HK EVER a democracy.

Two, Singapore IMO should serve as an example for many Asian countries. Singapore is not "oppressive". The government doesn't persecute its citizens, in fact, it is more succcessful than almost all countries except a few.
The only country that wants to be Singapore is China.

Communism leadership in China had been seeking for an example of a developed country with no political freedom. And Singapore came to rescue!

If Singapore is a success, Qatar is going to be rated as the best country in the world. The GDP per capital in Qatar is the highest in the world, followed by Luxembourg.

Money isn't everything, in my opinion.

Anyway, Singapore doesn't have a bad reputation outside Asia. It doesn't compete with the U.S or any other world power, who cares?
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