When World War 2 come up, Singapore was seen as the dreadful British base with many naval defenses guarding against assault by the sea. However, to the surprise, Japanese chose to cross Malaya by bicycle. Despite with every effort to hold the Japanese, Singapore surrendered on 1942 with less than a week of fighting. Japan lasted for approximately four years with British return in the year 1945. After the war, Singapore was called as the British colony. When the Britishers left, Singapore joined Malaysia for a shorter period in the year 1963 but Singapore left Malaysia and became independent on 9 August 1965. Since that period, country’s economy increased for consequent forty years and become one of the four East Asian Tigers.