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Singapore sailing smoothly onwards

OUR trading pal Singapore, we can report after a three-day excursion there, isn’t about to roll over under the weight of Asia’s economic collapse.

Far from it — as you would anticipate from South East Asia’s most prosperous nation which continues to be a tourist lure to Sandgropers, just half-a-day away by air.

Singapore is getting bigger via an innovative land reclam-ation scheme where sand is barged in from tiny, unin-habited Indonesian islands.

Singapore Tourism Board’s local rep, Sandra Devahasdin, and Singapore Airlines WA manager Penny Griffin, proudly declared to their journalistic charges that a third service has been added — that’s 17 weekly flights.

Figures whisked over to us by our Commerce and Trade underscore the Lion City’s roar. WA businesses sell $1.3b worth of goods each year to Singapore Department and we spend $604m on their goods.

But Australia buys an incredible $995m worth of computers and office machinery from Singapore.

The best snapshot of dynamic industrial life — the flotilla of cargo ships and forest of working cranes stretching to the horizon in the world’s busiest port — is best viewed from the gondola cable ride in the stratosphere over Singapore’s harbour.

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