• Short Summary

    SINGAPORE IS NOW INDEPENDENT - AND THE PEOPLE OF THE TINY CITY-STATE ARE TRYING TO ACCUSTOM THEMSELVES TO THE IDEA.

  • Description

    SINGAPORE IS NOW INDEPENDENT - AND THE PEOPLE OF THE TINY CITY-STATE ARE TRYING TO ACCUSTOM THEMSELVES TO THE IDEA. AT FIRST, THE CHINESE BUSINESSMEN COULD NOT CONTAIN THEIR ENTHUSIASM, BUT WITH THE FIRST EXCITEMENT OVER, THEY REALISE THAT THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE TO MAKE SINGAPORE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE.

    WITHIN A FEW HOURS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SINGAPORE PRIME MINSTER, MR. LEE KUAN YEW, THAT HIS COUNTRY WAS SECEEDING FROM THE MALAYSIAN FEDERATION, POLICE MANNED ROAD BLOCKS ACROSS THE CAUSEWAY LINKING SINGAPORE WITH JOHORE. AUSTRALIAN SERVICEMEN WERE ON STAND-BY DUTY NEARBY IN CASE THE SITUATION GOT OUT OF HAND. THEY WERE NOT NEEDED. VEHICLES GOING ALONG THE CAUSEWAY WERE EXAMINED AND THE CREDENTIALS OF THEIR DRIVERS EXAMINED.

    CONTINUED ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE IS ESSENTIAL - BOTH PARTIES AGREE. IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, MR. LEE HAS SAID SINGAPORE MUST SEEK A LIVING "BY TRADING WITH THE DEVIL".

    THE STOCK MARKET RESPONDED TO MR. LEE'S OPEN-DOOR TRADE POLICY WITH GREATER ACTIVITY THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. WIDESPREAD GAINS WERE COMMON AND BUSINESS GENERALLY WAS STIMULATED.

    ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE SECESSION AGREEMENT, BRITAIN'S CONTINUED USE OF SINGAPORE AS A HEADQUARTERS BASE FOR 50,000 TROOPS IN MALAYSIA APPEARS TO BE ASSURED. THE FAMOUS HARBOUR IS A RE-FUELLING PORT FOR THE FAR EAST FLEET, TOO. BUT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT FEARS THAT THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT MIGHT PRESENT AN 'ULTIMATUM' OF FRIENDSHIP TO SINGAPORE IN EXCHANGE FOR THE ABROGATION OF THE DEFENCE PACT. THIS WOULD SEVERELY HAMPER BRITISH EFFORTS TO SUPPORT MALAYSIA AGAINST INDONESIA'S CONFRONTATION POLICY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4K6M9AV26F3FYV1TR64TZXZOA
    Media URN:
    VLVA4K6M9AV26F3FYV1TR64TZXZOA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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