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Singapore History: Independence

Last updated: 15th May 2018

The referendum, merger and separation from Malaysia

Lee Kuan Yew, First Prime Minister of Singapore

The Japanese surrender

An elected government

After the end of World War II, the British reinstated the Legislative Council it had first established in 1867 when Singapore became a Crown Colony. In 1946, it was decided that a token number of seats would be filled by election with colony-appointed officials holding the majority.
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Focusing on specific areas of growth

9 August 1965 Independence of Singapore. Formation of MFA. Mr S Rajaratnam is appointed Singapore’s first Foreign Minister.
21 September 1965 Singapore is admitted as the 117th member of the United Nations.
15 October 1965 Singapore is admitted as the 22nd member of the Commonwealth.
17 January 1966 Singapore signs the convention on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and becomes a member of the IMO.
3 August 1966 Singapore officially becomes the 104th member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
8 August 1967 Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The ASEAN Declaration is signed in Bangkok.

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Click the image below for an overview of the Singapore Education Journey

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