Singapore by any other name is still Singapore.
This after the permanent World War II exhibition at the Old Ford Factory at Upper Bukit Timah has been named Syonan Gallery: War and Its Legacies.
One Singaporean, Loh Mee Yeo, said: “Singapore being called Syonan-to is no different from naming our WWII exhibition as Syonan.”
“It’s just semantics.”
“Singapore by any other name is still Singapore as long as you know it intimately in your heart.”
Other locals said naming Singapore as Syonan-to has its benefits.
Another local, Ji Poon Kwee, said: “From now on, people around the world will no longer mistake Singapore as part of China.”
“We will be known as part of the Imperial Island of Japan, where they have the best cheese cakes and best videos.”