The history of Singapore

October 14, 2016

Clement Fung

Forced into independence in 1965, Singapore was a tiny island nation lacking infrastructure, natural resources and a working population. Today, the nation is a world leader in GDP per capita, qualify of life indices and more. How did this happen? In a nation where chewing gum is illegal and criminals are still publicly caned, we discuss some of the history behind the crazy policies that propelled Singapore as a leader on the world stage.