THE REAL HISTORY OF THE CREATION OF THE
By Mansor Puteh
There is a photo of Lee Kuan Yew shouting or screaming MERDEKA in 1957 when he receives Tunku Abdul Rahman who just landed at the airport in
from London where Tunku had secured independence
for the country from ,
which I found to be interesting. Britain
This photo which I had not seen before is found in a coffee table book on Kuan Yew published by the Straits Times of Singapore I saw when I transited at
in November, 2013 when I was on my way to Porto in Lisbon
via Amsterdam in . Holland
It shows how happy Kuan Yew was greeting Tunku upon his return from
where he had secured Merdeka or Independence for
Tanah Melayu or Malaya which was going to be
on 31 August, 1957.
Tunku and his small retinue of political leaders of all races, from the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) and Malayan Indian Congress (MIC) decided not to fly to the
Airport but the one in Singapore from where they would drive to Melaka
where Tunku was to formally announce to the people of the country’s impending . Independence
Tanah Melayu or Malaya achieved
Independence in 1957
as planned and on 16 September, 1963, the Federation of Malaysia was formed
which included Singapore,
Sabah and Sarawak.
could not stay long in the Federation of Malaysia and had to be sacked from it,
causing Kuan Yew to be sad and crying on television when he made the
announcement in 1965. Singapore
Dr Mahathir Mohammad said Kuan Yew wanted to be a leader of a larger country,
Tunku thwarted his grand ambitions. Malaysia
So can we say Kuan Yew was a successful political leader? No. Maybe not.
He is a leader of such a small country, which is still totally dependent on the charity of
Malaysia for providing it
with cheap natural or raw water from that is still sold at
basement price of two sen for 1,000 or 2,000 gallons. Malaysia
Unfortunately, the currency used for the payment of the water is defunct, being the British cents; so legally can
pay for the water at the old rate? Singapore
Malaysia was also kind enough to provide with
cheap sand to allow Singapore
to expand its maritime borders, until the sale was stopped; so Singapore now has to import more expensive sand
And there is also cheating when Kuan Yew brought in Zionist agents acting as their military advisors but claming that they are ‘Mexicans’, which he exposed in his autobiography.
But much earlier, the island was stolen from Johor when Stamford Raffles cunningly lied to Raja Hussain Shah a.k.a. Tengku Long or Raja Long, by installing him the first Sultan of Singapore at the Padang or Field but for the excuse that the British were allowed to establish a mere Trading Post.
But later the British claimed the whole island by swarming it with Chinese and Indian coolies to marginalize the majority Melayu, who they did not care to import from the neighboring Melayu states so much so that by the late Nineteenth Century, the Melayu had become a minority race. .
Now the population of the Melayu in
is fourteen percent and the country makes sure it remains that way; so if there
is a diminishing percentage of the Chinese, they make sure to bring in more
Chinese from Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan
and everywhere to fix the fourteen percent Melayu population in the country. China
If this is not done, then surely by now
would have more Melayu than Chinese now. Singapore
In many ways, Kuan Yew had failed; he failed to get what he had set out to do…which was to govern
Of course one can see a lot of things happening in
now and especially the
high-rise buildings and other skyscrapers and other entertainment centers and
not forgetting the casinos and so on. Singapore
But are all these that Kuan Yew had wanted for
to have? What else did he
want for it that he could not get, until he died and knowing also how his
successors, Goh Chok Tong and now his son, Hsien Loong? Singapore
Unfortunately, Kuan Yew did not mention about this in his autobiography or any of the interviews he had given to the newspapers in his country or abroad when he was alive to describe his personal feelings on his successes and failures.
And I have read his autobiography, ‘No man is an island’ and did not see statements attributing to these matters.
In fact, he had also neglected to mention the time when he was lawyer for Utusan Melayu on Cecil Street and also the Shaw Brothers’ Malay Film Production studios at 8 Jalan Ampas in Singapore when he acted as the counsel for the Melayu artistes, whose experience he had managed to use to promote himself as a potential political leader of Singapore.
Without this experience in dealing with the union and direct engagement with Utusan Melayu then he would not be able to be what he would later become.
Yet, there was no real desire for Singapore to even consider the former Utusan building as a heritage building of the country; and unfortunately, it was demolished soon afterwards to make way for a row of new shop houses.
I had tried to visit the former Utusan headquarters using my GPS but it did not register the old address and the vehicle I took passed by it along the same Cecil Street which is still there.
But I got someone to use the GPS to take us to go to the former Shaw Brothers’ film studios at 8 Jalan Ampas to see some of the old studio and office buildings still standing with an information plague which looks like it is a recognition for its past achievement.
It was also the second time I visited the studios, with the first one I made in 1963 when the studios were churning out many interesting films that were watched by many from all the major races in the country.
And these two places were also where Kuan Yew used to come then for his business as a lawyer…
(Note: I was touched when Aziz Sattar said he had met with Kuan Yew to plead with him to get a screening for ‘Keluarga Si Comat’ to be screened in
Kuan Yew watching the film and remarking, ‘Not bad!’ Singapore
This film got a date at the cinemas in