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Long saga of why Malaysians ‘Hate’ Singapore

Our neighbours Singapore after separating from Malaysia in what’s interpreted as a “difficult union” back in 1965. This faithful event, more or less, became the precursor to the love-hate relationship between our two nations for decades to come.

Setting aside the intricate complexities of international relationships, take a look at recent events and happenings across the causeway which has unfortunately turned Malaysians red with rage or green with envy (depending on your personal standpoints) towards our southern sovereign counterpart.

1. Ongoing Food Wars

In 2020, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially listed Singapore’s hawker culture on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and labelled it as the best place to find Chinese, Malay, Indian and other hawker food.

Adding more fuel to the fire, today, Google’s official Doodle artwork to commemorate Singapore’s National Day was illustrated to include Nasi Lemak, Roti Prata Canai and chilli crab – dishes long been fought over by our two nations for the right to #doneclaim.

2. Singapore Vs Malaysia: Parliament edition

A recent comparison done between the calm and collective boring atmosphere during a seating of the Singapore Parliament was juxtaposed with the chaos and calamity passion of just your average day of Malaysia’s Parliamentary meet.

3. Better ‘new normal’

As of 9 August 2021, Singapore’s Health Ministry recorded only 72 new cases of Covid-19 infections. The country had also recorded a decrease in infections among the community from over 800 cases a week to just over 100 within a month.

Reportedly, over the past month, only 95 Covid-19 patients in the country had required ICU treatment or died.

Singapore had also as of August distributed over 8.04 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and had completely vaccinated close to 70% of its entire population.

The country recently transitioned from a ‘zero Covid’ policy to a ‘living with Covid’ model, where it moves to declare the pandemic as endemic and will be reopening its economy by loosening health standard operating procedures (SOP) and rules for people who have been fully vaccinated and recovered from Covid-19 – allowing for social gatherings, events and entertainment venues to open as well as group dine-ins from 10 August.


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