The Prime Minister, Lee
Kuan Yew, wept with joy as he spoke of
"the clear and decisive verdict" of
the people of Singapore for merger and
Malaysia, and "the awful moment of
truth" for Communists.
Monday, Sept 3, 1962
The time: A quarter
past eleven in the morning
The place: The
Singapore Badminton Hall in Guillemard Road
The occasion: Just
after the announcement of the Government's
smashing victory over the Barisan
Sosialis-led call to cast blank votes in the
Below are some extracts
from the Prime Minister's speech, which was
broadcast from the Badminton Hall.
"The verdict of the
people is a terrifying thing for the
politically dishonest. This decision is
decisive. It is the seal of public and
popular approval for merger and Malaysia. We
are off to a good start.
Faced with the clear
verdict of the people, the Communists and
pro-Communists would be wise to accept the
will of the people expressed by free
Not to have held the
referendum would have been a tragic error,
for we would have allowed the Communists to
make people believe that the so-called masses
were against merger."
walkout by the Opposition parties' counting
wanted a recount. We offered them a recount.
They said they wanted a recount of the
results constituency by constituency, which
they knew was not provided for by the law.
making up excuses to run away from the
verdict of the people -- the mythical masses
that were not behind them.
the Communists on the way out?
do not think we should interpret this as
showing the Communists are on their way out.
shows decisively is that a lot of their talk
is a lot of braggadocio, empty talk.
proved for the first time, for a long time
that a non-Communist group, as determined as
they (the Communists) are fanatical, can
stand up and deliver blow for blow, move for
move on the political chessboard and in a
free and secret ballot show up their utter
hollowness and their mythical masses."