Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
August 1965. Singapore officially became a republic on 9 August 1965, after separation from the rest of the Federation of Malaysia. Yusof Ishak became the first President, and Lee Kuan Yew the first Prime Minister.
|What were the main acts of violence committed in Singapore prior to the Separation?||History of Singapore
'Konfrontasi' by Indonesia and racial riots. Indonesia had opposed the merger, as it feared that the merged Federation of Malaysia would cause it to lose economically. Thus, it launched various bomb attacks in Singapore. Meanwhile, unequal treatment of the different races led to racial tension and ultimately to riots.
By referendum with majority of votes in favour of merger. There was much conflict over the issue of merger. The right-wing members of the ruling party People's Action Party were in favour of it and the left-wing (or pro-Communist) members opposed it, fearing that the anti-Communist Malayan government would cause them to lose their power.
David Marshall. David Marshall became the first Chief Minister of Singapore after it was granted partial internal self-governance in 1955. He later stepped down when negotiations for complete self-rule with the British government fell through.
1945. The Japanese Occupation ended following the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. This resulted in the Japanese surrender in August 1945.
|What was the name that the Japanese invaders gave to Singapore after the British surrender?||History of Singapore
Syonan-to. Syonan-to, loosely translated, means "Light of the South".
1942. Singapore fell to the Japanese on 15 February 1942, 8 days after Japanese troops set foot upon the island. The period of Japanese rule was known as the "Japanese Occupation".
|Besides Singapore, which were the other two settlements that together formed the Straits Settlements?||History of Singapore
Malacca and Penang. The British formed the Straits Settlements in 1826. Initially, it was part of British India but in 1867, the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony, ruled by a governor.
Anglo-Dutch Treaty. The Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 ceded Singapore to the British, and established two spheres of control in the Malay Archipelago, one Dutch, the other British.
|What is generally regarded as the year in which Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles signed a treaty with Tengku Hussein, and founded modern Singapore?||History of Singapore
1819. When Raffles landed on the shores of Singapore (or Temasek as it was known then), it was a pretty much uninhabited island. The treaty, signed with Tengku Hussein, allowed the British to set up a port and trading post in Singapore.