Local News Update

History of Singapore

Singapore became part of Malaysia on 16 September 1963 following a merger with Malaya, North Borneo, and Sarawak. The merger was thought to benefit the economy by creating a common, free market, and to improve Singapore's internal security.

Singapore has enjoyed a series of majestic visual spectacles of parades since its colonial days where grand receptions were held regularly to celebrate their birthdays and coronations of the British monarchs. Singapore is usually marked by military and civilian processions, mass cultural performances, grand parades and spectacular fireworks displays.

In March 2015, the goverment made an surprised announcement by declaring August 7, a Friday, a public holiday, turning the weekend a four days break for Singaporeans.