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    The strategic British Crown Colony of Singapore situated at the centre of South East Asia is to attain internal self-government in May this year.

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    The strategic British Crown Colony of Singapore situated at the centre of South East Asia is to attain internal self-government in May this year.

    The modern and prosperous island city of Singapore with a population of 1.5 million grew out of a small settlement founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819.

    To celebrate the historic march formed after 130 years of direct British rule, Singapore is holding its biggest exhibition. Fourteen foreign countries are also participating in the exhibition estimated to have cost 50,000,000 Malayan dollars. (GBP - 8.5M$ AGBP - 6.5M$ US$ - 3M$).

    Nearly 50,000 people of the multiracial Singapore community. Chinese, Malays, Indians, Europeans and other Asians...streamed into the exhibition on the opening night.

    The colourful opening on a sunny Saturday evening was initiated by Mr. Ko Teck Kin, (white coat & bow) Chairman of the Exhibition Committee and a prominent merchant leader. He welcomed the 2,000 specially invited guests in a speech in Chinese.

    Then the Chief Minister of Singapore, Lim Yew Hock, (Dark tie & spects) (to be shortened only as "Mr. Lim" and Not "Mr. Hock") who negotiated, for most part, with Britain for Singapore's internal self-government declared open the exhibition from a flower decked platform in front of the entrance.

    Beside him on the dais were his Cabinet colleagues, their wives, organizers of the exhibition and the Finance Minister from the neighbouring independent Malaya of which Singapore is a part in every way except politically.

    The United Kingdom Secretary of State for Colonies Mr. Alan Lennox-Boyd who will guide the defence and foreign relations of Singapore sent a congratulatory message to the Chief Minister.

    The inauguration of the exhibition was marked by typical oriental celebration. Crackers were fired in thousands. A Chinese dragon and eight lions pranced to the clash of symbols and throbbing drums. Flags of many associations were ceremoniously waved.

    When the opening tumult died down and people surged inside here was plenty to see and pondor over. The stalls were built a ???le-deep alongside the disused runway of the former Kallang Airport.

    Three hundred local and four hundred foreign exhibitors competed with each other for attention.

    An aerated water company put up a bottle 60-ft. high. An automobile was set revolving atop a fifty foot steel tower. A camera maker floated a huge balloon.

    Lower down in the stalls, manufacturers dressed up their shirts and slippers, headache cures and chinese sauce, plastic spoons and stainless steelwares, pins and bull dozers. Thousands of Chinese girls in fanciful uniforms dispensed information, sales talk, coloured leaflets and samples.

    On the national level Japan, Australia, India, Thailand, France, United States, United Kingdom and France among others, set up pavilions to show their industrial potential.

    For its own part, Singapore Government supported by the City Council, took vantage positions to publicise its activities and impress on the people that days were not far off when the people of Singapore would be their own masters to shape their future as they like.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEOVZLBU64CR8XJYY6B5T9HOPK
    Media URN:
    VLVAEOVZLBU64CR8XJYY6B5T9HOPK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/01/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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