succeeded where David Marshall failed.
||Between 1957 and 1958, this man
led two delegations to London to negotiate
for self government.
In March 1957, Lim Yew Hock led another all-party
delegation to London for constitutional talks.This
time, an agreement was reached.
The problem of control over internal security,
which was unresolved at the 1957 Merdeka Talks, was solved by
appointing a representative from the Federation of
Malaya on the council. This member would have a
The head of state would be a local Yang di-Pertuan
Negara instead of a British governor. The
Commissioner of Police would be responsible only to
the elected government.
Singapore would also have its own citizenship
laws, where citizenship is extended to aliens who
have lived in Singapore for 10 years or who took the
oath of loyalty to Singapore. However, the British
reserved the right to suspend the Constitution if
||Signing of the
report of the Singapore Constitutional
Conference at Lancaster House.
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Lim Yew Hocks tough stand
against the communists had apparently given the
British more confidence in granting Singapore
In April 1958, Lim Yew Hock led a
third all-party mission to London. An agreement which
provided Singapore with full powers of internal
self-government was signed on May 28.
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