SEPARATED FROM MALAYSIA

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Despite their successes in governing Singapore, the PAP leaders, including Mr. Lee Kwan Yew and Dr. Goh Keng Swee, believed that Singapore's future lay with Malaya.

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DISCUSS OBJECTIVELY AND IN A MATURED MANNER THE SCENARIO IN SINGAPORE AFTER THE COUNTRY BECAME A MEMBER OF MALAYSIA UP TO THE TIME IT SEPARATED FROM MALAYSIA. Singapore was a British Colony. It achieved full self-government from the British on 3 June 1959. However, the Defence and Internal Security was still under the control of the British. The Peoples Action Party (PAP) was then the newly elected government and their next constitutional step was independence. The British were reluctant at that time to grant independence to Singapore. The main reason being the poor military support of the country. Singapore being majority Chinese populated were facing major threat from the Communists. The British were concerned about communist influence and labour strikes which were undermining Singapore's economic stability, and felt that the local government was ineffective in handling earlier riots. At that time the issue of independency of Singapore was closely associated with merger with the Federation of Malaya which is now Malaysia. Despite their successes in governing Singapore, the PAP leaders, including Mr. Lee Kwan Yew and Dr. Goh Keng Swee, believed that Singapore's future lay with Malaya. On the other hand, the sizeable pro-communist wing of the PAP were strongly opposed to the merger, fearing a loss of influence as the ruling party of Malaya, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) was staunchly anti-communist and would support the non-communist faction of PAP ag

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