Episode 35: The Turning Point
Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, University of Oxford
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The introduction of self-government to Singapore in 1959 meant Singapore reached a democratic height that it has never reached again. And because of the open democratic system, politicians had to furiously compete with each other for votes. 1959 was perhaps Singapore’s most politically exciting year, seeing both the best and worst of democracy in the events surrounding the election. In this episode, PJ Thum describes the events of 1959, and explains why 1959 (a date whose significance is often lost to Singaporeans) is so significant.
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Tags: 1959 Elections, Lee Kuan Yew, Peopleâ€™s Action Party, PAP, Malayan Communist Party, MCP, Workerâ€™s Party, Singapore UMNO, Singapore Alliance, History of Singapore, hosbypjthum