United States State Department mistakenly makes Singapore part of Malaysia

Last Updated: Jun 12 2018 19:22

The United States State Department mistakenly makes Singapore part of neighbouring Malaysia in a note issued in connection with Tuesday's North Korea-United States summit and published on its website, igniting sarcastic comments on social media.

On Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump met North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un 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 U.S. 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.”

“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 a 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.