A Summary To Independence
The number of elected menders turned from six to nine. Progressive Party won six seats, the Front won two seats and the last seat was won by independence. As the main party was Progressive Party, it worked closely with the British governor. It believed to adopt a slow pace.
New form of government
Under new form of government, the legislative council replaces the legislative assembly. In the assembly, there was more elected members. However British still remain as powerful as before.
Execution of plan ---- the 1955 election
More people participated in this election than the 1948 one. Various party fought hard to get the public to vote. Party leaders made house to house visits gave speech, distributed pamphlets. On the night of 2 April 1955, when the result was announced, the labour front won the most seats.
After the election......
Since labour front won the most seats, it was the ruling party. As the chief Minster David Marshall did not enjoyed much respect. He did get a proper respect until he threatened to build his office at empress place. He also urged to give full self-government to Singapore.
The first Madeira talks in London in 1956
In 1956, David Marshall led a group of men to London make request. When London did not grant Singapore self-government, David was so disappointed that he stepped down from the seat of chief Minster.
Achieving full self-government
After David Marshall stepped down from the seat of chief Minster, Lim Yew Hock took over his seat in 1956 when the communists and pro communists problem was very active. They carried out riots and strikes. With the help of the British troop, Lim yew hock managed to solve the problem. This pleased the British.
The second Madeira talks in London in 1957
Lim yew hock went to London in 1957 to ask for full self-government. The British agreed and Singapore would have its full self-government after the 1959 election.
The 1959 election
In 1957, a law was passed to let people in Singapore to become Singaporean easier. Thus, more people were allowed to vote in 1959. Voting was also made compulsory. News of the election was spread through newspaper, radio, and pamphlets. People often attended election rallies, as they were enthusiastic about it.
Results of the first election
PAP won this election. It was an well-organized party and solved many problems in the governing. Thus it got the support of the majority. After this election, new form of government was formed. Lee Kuan Yew becomes the first prime Minster and Yusof Ishak become the first head of state. From then PAP worked hard to fight for independence of Singapore. PAP also solves a lot of problems on housing health etc.
MAJULAH SINGAPURA-----OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM
After Singapore become independence on 3th of 1959, majulah Singapura was presented to the country. It was used to be play by the police band.
Our national anthem was composed by Zubir Said. He was born in Sumatra. Being talented in music, he decided to continue his dream. He came to Singapore in 1947. He worked for a Malay newspaper. He was approached to write the song for $5000 but he did not take the money. Though old he did not choose to leave Singapore. He died here due to old age. He was eighty years old.
The Singapore flag
The red means equality and brotherhood. The crescent moon means a young and growing country. The five stars means
The state crest
The two animals on the crest are tiger and lion. The tiger means a close relationship with Malaya. The pledge is recited in all primary school and secondary schools. It reminds the younger generation of the goals and principles of Singapore. It is also recited on national day to remind all Singaporean to committed to Singapore.