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Yearbook 2004

Flag - SingaporeSingapore. In August, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took over the powerful Prime Minister post after Goh Chok Tong, who announced his departure the year before. 52-year-old Lee Hsien Loong is the son of Singapore's country father Lee Kuan Yew, who was the country's prime minister for over 30 years until he resigned in 1990. The father is still considered to exert great influence over politics through his government post as "minister mentor". In his installation speech, Lee Hsien Loong said he intended to lighten the country's restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. Most analysts, however, did not consider that the change of power would mean a noticeable change in price in Singapore's politics, which is characterized by authoritarian rule and large state involvement.

2004 Singapore

According to CountryAAH, the total population in Singapore is 5,850,353 people in 2020. Singapore's world-famous ban on chewing gum was lifted in May, at least in part. By presenting a prescription, chewers can now buy "medical chewing gums" (nicotine chewing gums) at pharmacies. The ban on chewing gum was introduced in 1992 for environmental reasons. It was pressure from the United States that caused Singapore to release the chewing gum restrictions as they constituted an obstacle to free trade between the two countries. Violation of the Chewing Gum Act, which has become a symbol of the involvement of the Singaporean state in the privacy of its citizens, can result in a year in prison.

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