IT was a hot,
sweltering Saturday afternoon, on May 27, 1961.
local and foreign, were gathered at a Foreign
Correspondents Association of South-east
It was here that
Tunku Abdul Rahman, then Prime Minister of
Malaya, first brought up the idea of merger.
|"Malaya today as a
nation realises that she cannot stand
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the Tunku's speech
The Tunku was concerned that
Singapore was becoming a 'little China'. He was
afraid that the Communists' influence would spread
Find out why.
three men all approached the Tunku to consider
Singapores merger with Malaysia. But the
Tunku agreed on the issue of merger with only one
of them Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
Find out why.
THOUGHT THE TUNKU WAS BEING UNREALISTIC
welcomed the idea of a merger, including Lee Kuan Yew, Singapores Premier.
But some were against it. For instance, the
president of the Singapore Congress, Mrs Felice
plan is very far-fetched and it would appear that
the delayed merger between Singapore and the
Federation is ample proof of a realistic
Click here to find out what other people thought
about the Tunku's proposal
Tunku did not want Singapore to fall into
He was a senior
sub-editor and then deputy managing editor of The
Mr Ambrose Khaw,
now 70, gives his analysis of the Tunkus decision to
merge Singapore, Malaya, Sarawak, North Borneo
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