National Geographic UK FB Page Quietly Removed ‘Spore, M’sia’ Post & Didn’t Address The Saga


We’ve all heard the “is Singapore in Malaysia?” question at least once in our lives.

And while we were indeed part of Malaysia many many years ago, one would think that 57 years would be enough to make people remember that we’re separate countries.

After National Geographic UK got roasted for saying Singapore is part of Malaysia, they’ve quietly taken down the post without offering any apology.

Netizens Roasted National Geographic UK for Saying S’pore is Part of M’sia

Two days ago, National Geographic UK posted this on their Facebook Page:

Image: Facebook (National Geographic UK)

In the post, the Facebook Page wrote, “From the Archive: A family from India walks through the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, Malaysia,” with an image of Gardens by the Bay.

For the uninitiated, due to the large size of a country, the usual accepted style to list a region in a country is Region, Country.

For example, to list Johor, we would use Johor, Malaysia.

So for National Geographic to write “Singapore, Malaysia” clearly shows that it’s very wrong.

Went Viral Despite Redirection

You won’t be able to find the post if you head to their page, because when you click on “National Geographic UK”, you’d automatically be redirected to “National Geographic Asia”, which has different contents altogether.

This is due to regional settings, which will direct us to the correct regional site to improve the geo-targeting of posts.

However, the exact URL spread amongst Singaporeans and Malaysians like wildfire, allowing us to access the post.

The post went viral in Singapore and Malaysia, especially since National Geographic is a trusted media outlet that isn’t expected to make mistakes like that.

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Taken Down Without Apology

The National Geographic UK Facebook page took down their post about two days after it was first posted. They didn’t acknowledge their error, nor did they apologise for their mistake.

Due to the redirection mentioned earlier, it’s impossible for us to view the Facebook Page unless we access it with a UK IP, or use a special code in the URL (which we did to fact-check this article).

Nevertheless, it was nice seeing Singaporeans and Malaysians working together instead of arguing on the internet.

Hopefully, we won’t see a Singapore, China anytime in the future.


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Featured Image: Facebook (National Geographic UK)