Outstanding article by Prof Barry Desker, Dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at NTU.
WHEN August comes around each year and the national flag adorns Housing Board apartments and major buildings, one’s thoughts turn to Aug 9, 1965.
Singaporeans who lived through that period will recall what they were doing when they heard the announcement of the separation of Singapore from Malaysia. It was totally unexpected and everyone – outside a small circle within the Malaysian and Singapore governments – was taken by surprise. The afternoon announcement was carried live on radio and television and was followed by a televised press conference by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, whose choking sobs revealed his anguish.
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