Singapore marks 50 years of independence

Singapore has held nationwide celebrations to mark 50 years since it became an independent state.

Tens of thousands of people attended an outdoor parade, complete with flybys by the air force and a Singapore Airlines A380 airliner.

Singapore became independent when it was ejected from the Federation of Malaysia amid social unrest.

In 50 years, the former British colony has transformed itself into one of the world's wealthiest countries.

Sharanjit Leyl reports.