|Mr. Ambrose Khaw was a
senior sub-editor, and then deputy managing
editor of The Straits Times in the tumultuous
years of Merger and Separation. Mr. Khaw was
working from the Straits Times office in
Singapore during the merger. He moved to the
head office in Kuala Lumpur immediately
before and after the Separation. Mr. Khaw,
now 70, and retired, gives the stories behind
The Tunku wanted a mighty
Malaysia that included Sabah and Sarawak so that the
Malays would not be outnumbered, and it would
therefore be acceptable to them.
The Tunku must have thought that as
the British government was not partial to the
original idea of having Singapore and Malaysia
united, it was best to make a bigger one.
He wanted Malaysia and Singapore to
be merged because he did not want the communists in
Singapore to take over Singapore and become a thorn
in the side of Malaysia.
Singapore had also been pressing
for independence for some time. It was the whole
focus of their effort -- those who returned from
Britain and the founders of PAP. They built up
pressure on the British by holding rallies and
shouting slogans for Merdeka
Copyright © 1998 Singapore Press
Holdings. All Rights Reserved.