The city state nation is holding ceremonies to mark its 50th anniversary. It was ejected from the Federation of Malaysia and seen remarkable progress since its separation. Singapore is also a former British colony like many other countries in the region. Its 50th celebration festivities will include people singing the national anthem, parades, convoy of fighter jets performing aerial maneuvers, and many other activities. Padang in the center of the city has been chosen for the location of festivities known as SG50. Independence Day festivities have been holding at this location since 1966. Singaporeans will also enjoy a four day weekend.
Since separation Singapore has become one of the world’s wealthiest nations. Many credit the nation’s government for its achievements. At the same time many criticize for its authoritarian government and control on free speech. Much of the countries success has been credited for the work of Lee Kuan Yew who led the freedom fight and it’s first Prime Minister until 1990. He passed away in March of this year and his son, Lee Hsien Loong is the current Prime Minister of Singapore. The ruling People’s Action Party has been in power since its separation. More than 90 percent of the population own homes and the per capita GDP is over $56,000.