Why is Singapore called the lion city?
Singapore’s name is itself derived from ‘Singa Pura’ (which means “Lion City”). According to the Malay Annals, Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, gave this name to the island after he came ashore and saw a creature he believed to be a lion.
Are there lions in Singapore?
It has been pointed out that lions have never lived in Singapore (not even Asiatic lions), and the beast seen by Sang Nila Utama was therefore suggested to be a tiger, most likely to be the Malayan tiger.
Why did Singapore get kicked out of Malaysia?
On 9 August 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia to become an independent and sovereign state. The separation was the result of deep political and economic differences between the ruling parties of Singapore and Malaysia, which created communal tensions that resulted in racial riots in July and September 1964.
How are names written in Singapore?
The name order promoted by the Singapore government is [SURNAME] [Chinese given name] [English given name] (e.g. TAN Mei Ling Emily). This tends to be the mostly commonly used arrangement. Some people’s English name may be based on a similarity in sound to their Chinese name, e.g. Ming Xuan becomes ‘Michelle’.
Who found Singapore?
In 1819, British statesman Stamford Raffles negotiated a treaty whereby Johor allowed the British to locate a trading port on the island, leading to the establishment of the crown colony of Singapore in 1819.
Did Nila Utama saw a lion?
Sang Nila Utama was a prince from Palembang, the capital of the Srivijayan Kingdom, in present day Indonesia. According to the Malay Annals, he had sighted a lion on the island of Temasek (present day Singapore) and thereafter founded a city in 1299 given it the name “Singapura”.
What is Singapore named after?
However, the original legend was that a long time ago, a 14th century Sumatran prince spotted an auspicious beast upon landing on the island after a thunderstorm, which he was told was a ‘lion’. Thus, the name Singapore comes from the Malay words “Singa” for lion and “Pura” for city.