Issue 96643 - Wrong languange and currency for Singapore
Summary: Wrong languange and currency for Singapore
Alias: None
Product: Internationalization
Classification: Code
Component: localedata (show other issues)
Version: OOO300m9
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: needhelp
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Reported: 2008-11-27 04:40 UTC by forever_jahat
Modified: 2017-05-20 11:13 UTC (History)
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Description forever_jahat 2008-11-27 04:40:00 UTC
I'm an occasional user of OpenOffice and it has been quite a while.
Most of the time, I do not bother to check on the Languages etc as I just use
the default.

It's only today I decided to open up and set the default currency to my local

To my surprise, for Singapore currency it is indicated as 
SGD S$ Chinese (Singapore)

The correct definition should be just
SGD S$ (Singapore)

or you could use
SGD S$ (Singapore Dollar)

Since when did Singapore belongs to the Chinese?
Whose idea of sick joke to include the word Chinese in Singapore currency?

For those of you who do not know about Singapore or it's history.
Let me tell you a brief history about Singapore.

Singapore lies in the Malay Archipelago which consist of at least the following
a) Malaysia
b) Indonesia
c) Brunei
d) Philippines
e) Borneo
f) Sumatra

When the British India Company led by Stamford Raffles came to South East Asia
looking for a new base for their colonisation, they so call "founded" 
Singapore. It's an island to the South of Malaya which is now called Malaysia.
The island main habitants are the Malay. 

During these period the British open up the port of Singapore for trading. Then
come the immigrants from
a) China
b) India
c) Middle East

Over the next few years the number of immigrants increased by leap and bound.
The Malay majority was soon over taken by the Chinese. However be reminded this
give the right to put the word Chinese for Singapore Currency. 

Malaya which included Singapore became independence from the British on the 31st
August 1957. Malaya was renamed Malaysia. Due to political differences etc
Singapore gained independence from Malaysia on the 09th August 1965. The
National Language of Singapore remains as Malay up to this day. English is the
official Business Language. The National Anthem of Singapore is Majulah
Singapura which is sang in Malay. The drill command is given in the Malay language.

So whose sick idea is it to indicate under currency as Chinese Singapore?
Why is there a need to put Chinese before the word Singapore?
This is nothing more than a racial discrimination or somebody trying to mislead
the whole world as if Singapore is in China or the Chinese as the local
inhabitant of the island all throughout history!

You can check in the wikipedia. The actual inhabitant are actually Malay.

To the correct Person in Charge.
Kindly correct the mistake which has been made in OpenOffice.
Don't let somebody with the intend of misleading other people take advantage and
misused the whole situation.

For your immediate action.
Thanking you in advance for the assistance to correct what is wrong.
Comment 1 stefan.baltzer 2008-11-27 08:53:11 UTC
SBA: This is not a P1 issue. Set Prio to P3. Please read

Please do not use this issue tracker as a forum for political statements and
It is dedicated to serve as a tool for communication of technical aspects of
developing I therefore reduce the summary to a meaningful
technical summarization of your findings. Change component to L10N.

Issues in office code or locale data are issues that do occur in software as
issues (defects) in software do occur. There is no bug-free software of this
size on this planet and there will never be. 
Thank you for your comprehension.

SBA->ER: Please proceed, thank you.
Comment 2 stefan.baltzer 2008-11-27 08:55:00 UTC
Reassigned to ER.
Comment 3 ooo 2008-11-27 13:39:36 UTC
Please note that the currency list box is accumulated from available
locale data, the wording "Chinese (Singapore)" originates from the
locale data for zh-SG. This in itself is correct, meaning locale data
for the language Chinese in the region of Singapore, and cannot be
changed. Changing implementation of the currency list box is beyond the
scope of this issue.

However, we can add another locale "Malay (Singapore)", which of the
many Malay languages would that be? See
so we can use the correct ISO 639-3 code.

To be able to fully support it as a locale, including number formats and
calendar data, and having it selectable as default document language we
would need a locale data file.

Locale data files can quite easily be generated with the generator
available at

For technical details and semantics of elements please see the
generator's documentation and the comments in the locale data DTD file
and as a sample locale data file for example the en_US locale

If you want to create and contribute a locale data file for this locale,
you can do so using the generator, and then tell here in this issue that
it is available. I would then contact Alberto, whom you granted the
right to contribute your data, see

Comment 4 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:13:46 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".