was signed by residents of Singapore who wanted
independence and freedom from the British.
Self-government was not fully achieved until 1959
when Singapore held its first general elections.
The defeat of the
British in 1942 and the Japanese Occupation changed
the people's perception of colonial powers. They were
no longer regarded as supreme.
The people of
Singapore were also influenced by the external events
that were taking place. Jawaharlal Nehru and
President Sukarno successfully achieved independence
for India and Indonesia, respectively. These two
countries were previously colonised.
David Marshall leads an all-party delegation to
London to negotiate internal self-government. The
constitutional talks, popularly known as the Merdeka
in London on April 23, 1956.
This man led two delegations to London to negotiate
First general elections.
587,797 goes to the polls.
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