Singapore celebrated its 50th independence in style with nationwide events. Singapore declared a four-day weekend for the anniversary.
People in large numbers attended outdoor parades. They also watched fighter jets forming the shape of a 50 to mark the event in the sky and a huge convoy of Singapore Armed Forces moving past.
The event started with spectators reciting the national pledge and singing the national anthem.
- Singapore became independent when it was ejected from the Federation of Malaysia amid social unrest.
- In 50 years, the former British colony has transformed itself into one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
Speaking on the eve of the celebrations, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: “At 50 years, as we stand at a high base camp, we look back and marvel how far we have come. We are grateful to those who made it happen.”