SINGAPORE had to quit Malaysia because in Tengku
Abdul Rahmans own words: "If I were strong
enough and able to exercise complete control of the
situation, I might perhaps have delayed action, but I
In a dramatic letter on Saturday to
Singapores Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Toh Chin
Chye, the Tengku said:
I am writing to
tell you that I have given the matter of our
break with Singapore my utmost considerations and
I find that in the interest of our friendship and
the security and peace of Malaysia as a whole,
there is absolutely no other way out.
If I were strong enough
and able to exercise complete control of the
situations I might perhaps have delayed action,
but I am not, and so while I am able to counsel
tolerance and patience I think the amicable
settlement of our differences in this way is the
only possible way out. I request you most
earnestly to agree.
The letter, with Dr Tohs reply was
related for publication today to give Malaysian
leaders of the Malaysian Solidarity Convention a
complete picture of the events leading up to the
Dr. Toh, read out the reply, which said:
I thank you for
your undated letter which I received yesterday
(Saturday) explaining your position and your
solution to the present difficulties that have
arisen between the Central Government and the
It is indeed sad that in
your view our problems can be solved only by
asking Singapore to quit Malaysia and this barely
two years from the day Malaysia was inaugurated.
My colleagues and I
would prefer that Singapore remain in Malaysia
and we felt that there could be other solutions
to the present impasse.
However, as you have
indicated that the situation does not lend itself
to any other workable settlement and as you have
impressed upon me that Singapore remaining in
Malaysia will lead to a situation you may not
able to control, we have no alternative but to be
resigned to your wish that Singapore leaves the
Federation of Malaysia.
I and my colleagues had
rejoiced at the reunification of Singapore with
Malaysia in September 1963.
It has come as a blow to
us that the peace and security of Malaysia can
only be served by the expulsion of Singapore from
If this is the price for
peace in Malaya and Singapore, then we must
accept it, however agonising our inner feelings
unification of Singapore and Malaya has not been
achieved this time, nevertheless it is my
profound belief that future generations will
succeed where we have failed.
In order that my friends
and political colleagues in the other States of
Malaya and particularly in the Malaysia
Solidarity Convention may know my true feelings
on this matter. I may have at some future date to
tell them of the true position.
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