Kitty mentioned before that she would have liked to visit Singapore. Singapore is what people describes as a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and as an island country consisting of sixty three-islands . Its English name – Singapore has been derived from the Malay word – “Singapura” which means “Lion City” in Sanskrit, though there have been no evidence of lions ever existing in that area and the creature sighted by its founder – Sang Nila Utama, who named the place, was probably a Tiger. Its political setup is what political theorists call a parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government with the political landscape being dominated by the People’s Action Party (PAP) which has won every election since the country was allowed self-determination in 1959. Its population consists mainly of people of Chinese, Indian and Malay descent (Chinese and Indian since Singapore was formerly a British Colony).
Singapore is a country that has a highly developed market-based economy. The rate of its growth can be gauged by the fact that very little of its original rainforests remain as most of it has been ravaged by rapid urbanization to the extent that more land has to be made available by various processes of land reclamation. The Global Financial Centres Index puts Singapore at number four among the world’s leading financial centres. Singapore’s port is the fifth-busiest in the world and its foreign reserves are the tenth largest in the world (with all the countries forming the European Union being counted as one).