[Singapore, August 9. Image via Getty]

A girl holding the Singapore flag sings along during an event to celebrate Singapore's 44th National Day on August 9, 2009. In his National Day message Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong indicated that Singapore's economic contraction in the first half of the year was not as bad as feared and that the country is now in a stronger position than at the start of the year. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)