Singapore and Malaysia are traditionally rivals. There’s plenty of historical baggage drilled into us through ‘National Education’ and those comments that politicians still make nowadays are not helping things along. We compete in almost everything. Economy, sports, food. In any international competition, if you can’t be the top, at least beat our neighbors up north. Luckily, like any rivalry in an anime or manga, rivalry aside, both nations are pretty comfortable with each other.
Your average Singaporean gets along pretty well with your average Malaysian. This applies to us, local fans of animanga too. On our part, CDS have enjoyed pretty good ties with Malaysian art groups such as Surface. Still, having recently participated in events on both sides of the causeway, we can’t help but notice and compare the differences between how things are. This will be an article that looks into the differences between two events, one week apart. Specifically, EOY and Comic Fiesta.