US mistakenly puts Singapore in Malaysia, drawing social media scorn

Reuters . Singapore | Published: 23:20, Jun 12,2018 | Updated: 04:12, Jun 13,2018

 
 

US president Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on Tuesday. -- Reuters photo

The US State Department mistakenly made Singapore part of neighbouring Malaysia in a note issued in connection with Tuesday’s North Korea-US summit and published on its website, sparking snide comments on social media.
US president Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for the first ever summit between leaders of the old foes, at a hotel in the city state of Singapore.
The mistake came in a transcript of a briefing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave on Monday. It gave the
venue as ‘JW Marriott, Singapore, Malaysia’. The error was rectified later to remove the reference to Malaysia.
‘Well, US State Department still thinks Singapore is in Malaysia,’ said Twitter user @BrioS_BRxV.
‘Just 53 years and a bad break-up off.’
The island of Singapore was once part of Malaysia but they separated acrimoniously in 1965, clouding diplomatic and economic dealings for years.
‘Trump planning to facilitate a Malaysia-Singapore reunification summit anytime soon?’ asked another Twitter user, @boblskee.
Malaysia’s the Star newspaper reported the error in post on its Facebook page with the title ‘How to
offend Singaporeans and Malaysians at the same
time’.
The post was shared nearly 700 times and drew almost 300 comments.
‘US must go back to School,’ said Facebook user Jimi Leong. 

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