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Singapore-Malaysia: The Lion and the Tiger

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The Johore Strait separates the highly prosperous city-state of Singapore from the rapidly developing economic "tiger" of Malaysia. As the film illustrates, they are nevertheless extremely interdependent. Johore Barhu, the second largest city in Malaysia, changed radically at the beginning of the 1980 s when its growth was stimulated by Singapore s expansion. Thousands of Malaysians streamed in from the provinces like Zacaria Bin Samion who moved to Johore Barhu with his family so he could work in construction. Noriah Tahir is among the 25,000 Malaysian workers who cross the border into Singapore every day. She started out as a simple factory worker in an electronics factory and today is a skilled worker in charge of quality control for microprocessors, earning three times what she w [...]
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2006