Singapore. In January, the Air Asia plane, flight QZ8501,
which disappeared on its way from Indonesia to Singapore on
December 28, 2014, was found crashed in Lake Java. On board
the plane were 162 people, one of whom was from Singapore.
COUNTRYAAH, none of the 162 onboard the plane survived. According to an
investigation by the United Nations Flying Agency (ICAO),
the plane had been plagued with technical problems for more
than a week before the incident.
One man was sentenced the same month to pay the
equivalent of SEK 121,000 for throwing fimps from his
window, SEK 3,700 per thrown fimp. The man could be trapped
with the help of pictures from surveillance cameras.
According to the Singapore Environmental Protection Agency,
the fine was the highest so far for such crimes.
Land grief broke out on March 23 when former Prime
Minister and country father Lee Kuan Yew passed away 91
years old. Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore's Prime Minister
between 1959 and 1990 and was in power when Singapore broke
away from Malaysia in 1965 and became independent. He was
one of the founders of the People's Action Party (PAP),
which has been in office since 1959, and during his time as
Prime Minister of Singapore, led the development from being
a small port city to becoming one of the richest countries
in the world. According to the authorities, over 450,000
mourners queued up to Parliament to take one last farewell
to their former head of state on his trust they paired. Lee
Kuan Yew was the father of Singapore's current Prime
Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
In May, the customs in Singapore seized ivory and other
exotic animal parts valued at the equivalent of SEK 50
million on their way from Kenya to Vietnam. The cargo, which
was classified as tea, contained approximately 1,800
elephant beetles and also rhinoceros horns and teeth from
large cat animals.
In August, President Tony Tan announced at the
recommendation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong new
parliamentary elections that year, more than a year before
the government had to announce elections in accordance with
the constitution. The reason for making the election was
stated to be that the government wanted to renew its mandate
for voters to continue to govern.
During the election movement, immigration policy was
primarily in focus. Many Singaporeans also expressed concern
that young Singaporeans had difficulty finding jobs. The
election was for 89 seats in Parliament, two more seats than
in the 2011 election and was held on September 11. Winning
became the People's Action Party (PAP) which received 70% of
the vote. Opposition Party The Labor Party (WP) received
12.5% of the vote. The design of the voting system, a
majority voting system where the winner gets all the seats
in the constituency, gave PAP 83 seats while WP only got 6
seats. The election results showed a clear improvement for
PAP, which in 2011 received 60% of the vote.
The same month, the smoke spread from heavy forest fires
in Indonesia to Singapore, where protective masks were
distributed to the population, and more than 20,000 military
and police officers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore
were deployed to fight the fires. In Indonesia, especially
in Sumatra, forests have been burning for almost 20 years to
make room for palm oil plantations, but according to
researchers at the NASA Space Agency, feared that the spread
of smoke would now be worse than ever since the weather
phenomenon of El Niņo made the air unusually dry.
In October, Pastor Kong Hee and several of his aides were
sentenced for embezzlement. Kong Hee was the leader of a
large church in Singapore and spent the equivalent of $ 140
million of church money to pave the way for his wife's
singing career in what was described as a "religious
mission". The pastor then embezzled an additional SEK 150
million to sweep the tracks again. His wife was not
suspected of crime. According to the Reuters news agency,
six people were sentenced to prison for between 21 months
and 8 years depending on how involved they were in the
On August 9, Singapore celebrated 50 years as an
independent state. The media noted the development of the
city state as an economic success story, whose financial
center is the fourth largest in the world. During the year,
Singapore topped various world lists, such as number one on
Bloomberg News Agency's annual list of the world's
healthiest countries, number two on the World Economic
Forum's annual report on the world's most competitive
cities, and number three on Global Finance Magazine's list
of the world's richest countries.