Wednesday, November 22, 2006

History of Singapore- Part 3

Morning Line from my desk. Covering the parts of the history of singapore series. Hope you like it.

1984 - Two opposition MPs elected to parliament for first time.

1990 - Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew stands down after 31 years, but continues to exert significant influence as senior minister. Goh Chok Tong becomes new prime minister.

1993 - Ong Teng Cheong becomes first directly-elected president.

1994 - Caning of American teenager Michael Fay for vandalising cars grabs world headlines.

1995 - Nick Leeson's disastrous dealings on Singapore stock exchange lead to collapse of Britain's oldest merchant bank, Barings. He is convicted in Singapore and sentenced to six and a half years in jail.

One of the major decision during the 90s was the ban on chewing Gum. There is an interesting story behind it about a vandals using chewing gum to stick between the MRT doors so that they get jacked up.

To be honest, chewing gum isnt very popular in asia, however americans miss it too much to be true.

Maybe some americans can give their comments?


Alvaro said...

Hi, how are u?, i am very bussy for post and read that (remember my english is very bad, then it take so much time for me read all). But i wanna wish u the best in u life.