The Straits Times, June 2,
The Minister of
Finance, Mr. Tan Siew Sin said today that
co-operation with the Singapore Government was out of
the question as long as Mr. Lee Kuan Yew remained
Prime Minister in the island state.
He told the House of
Representatives: "It would be far easier for the
camel to pass through the eye of the proverbial
needle than for the Central Government to co-operate
with the Government of Singapore.
Mr. Tan made a
scathing attack against Mr. Lee, whom he described as
the "greatest, disruptive force in the entire
history of Malaysia and Malaya."
He warned that Mr.
Lee's idea of partitioning Malaysia would only lead
to bloodshed, as had happened in India and Cyprus.
"Any man who can
make these proposals, coolly and carefully," he
said, "has boundless capacity for mischief. His
statement is probably the most mischievous of the
"I say this in
sorrow rather than in anger. Only a warped mind,
frustrated in its quest for power, can support this
Dr. Tan Chee Khoon, said it was not
correct to say the Opposition parties which
formed the Malaysis Solidarity Convention --
the PAP, UDP, PPP and SUPP -- were a
"threat" to the Alliance.
statistics of the last election, in which the
Socialist Front scored 16.1% of the total
votes and the PAP, UDP and PPP together
getting over seven per cent of the votes, Dr.
Tan asked: "How could these kachang
puteh parties pose a threat?"
externally we are being threatened by
Indonesia and internally by Mr. Lee and his
brand of politics"
Sambanthan, Minister of Works, Posts and
is clear that Mr. Lee regrets joining
Malaysia because he is frustrated. He finds
his avenue to power rather effectively
blocked. He wants to clear this."
--Mr. Tan Siew Sin, Minister of
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