Singapore is a dynamic cosmopolitan city brimming with a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. Singapore’s population stands at about five million people, with English as the main language of instruction, and a mother tongue for each major ethnicity. There are four major races – namely the Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Each community offers a different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food and language.
Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a land area of about 710 square kilometres, making her one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region. Although small in size, Singapore commands an enormous presence in the world today with its free trade economy and highly efficient workforce. Also, her strategic location in the region has enabled her to become a central sea port along major shipping routes.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is a bustling metropolis and a melting pot of ethnic and cultural diversity. It has excellent infrastructure coupled with efficient transportation and communication systems. Additionally the population of 1.7 million from many different races, religions and cultures the city creates variety in art, language, architecture and food.
Kuala Lumpur as well as Malaysia as a nation, have given priority to enhancing competitiveness and resilience in a changing domestic and global economic landscape. As the world becomes more competitive and advanced, success and prosperity increasingly go to those who can add value, to those who can continuously enhance proficiency in science, technology and innovation. One major thrust of the country’s Development Plan is to move the economy up the value chain. Inherent to this is the need to develop more innovation-driven enterprises.