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It's 2018, And The US Department Of State Still Thinks Singapore Is Part Of Malaysia

[Update, 3:18pm] The error has been rectified

The monumental Trump-Kim meeting has come to a close with both leaders signing a document to seal their discussions.

Said US President Donald Trump about the document, “A lot of work and a lot of preparation went into this […] The meeting went better than expected and no one could’ve expected this.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stated:

We had a historic meeting and we’ve decided to leave the past behind […] The world will see a major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Donald Trump for making this happen.

As Kim departed Capella hotel, Trump was reported to have said, “We’ll meet again. We will meet many times.”

Where Is Singapore?

While the North Korea-US summit has definitely shot Singapore into the world’s spotlight, it seems like our location is still a mystery to many.

For example, Google Trends showed a recent spike for “Where is Singapore located”, and BBC mistook a map of Sentosa as a map of Singapore.

Now, it seems like the US State Department also thinks that Singapore is part of Malaysia.

Screenshot from the US State Department’s website

In a transcript of a press briefing given by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the venue was stated as “JW Marriott, Singapore, Malaysia”.

The rest of the transcript had no other mention of Malaysia, even stating that “The President met this afternoon with Minister Lee of Singapore. It was an important opportunity to thank the Prime Minister of Singapore for his partnership in helping make this summit a reality.”

Malaysian news site The Star Online first spotted this boo-boo an hour ago, and it seems like the mistake is still not rectified.

Short history lesson: Singapore was part of Malaysia, but this only lasted from 1963 to 1965.

 

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