IN May 1954, students
from Chung Cheng High School held a demonstration to
protest against National Service.
All males between the
ages of 18 and 20 were required to register for
part-time National Service.
The Chinese students
felt that it was unfair to them, as they saw no
future in the British-ruled state. Some also believed
that it was a ploy to use local people to preserve
On May 13, 500
students created havoc in the streets, while another
1,000 students locked themselves in Chung Cheng High
School. Over 20 students were injured and 48 were
arrested by the police.
On May 18, 55 students
formed a delegation to request for exemption from
National Service. Their request was turned down.
The school authorities
decided to close the school two weeks earlier for the
school vacation, fearing that there would be further
2,500 students locked
themselves in Chung Cheng High School. The group only
dispersed when the police and parents stepped in to
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