April 23, 1956 -- David Marshall showing
Herbert Morrison, former Labour Foreign
Secretary, one of the volumes containing
signatures of 167,000 people who want
independence for Singapore.
Photo by Associated Press Photo
|In 1953, a
commission, headed by Sir George Rendel, was
appointed to look into constitutional changes
in Singapore. The Rendel Constitution
provided for a very limited type of
David Marshall, first
Chief Minister of Singapore, wanted more for
Singapore. In April 1956, he led a delegation
to London to ask for internal
His 13-member delegation included six
Assemblymen from his government and six
Opposition members, including Lee Kuan Yew
and Lim Chin Siong of the PAP.
However, the talks broke down.