Singapore Politics: Under the People's Action Party by Diane K. Mauzy

By Diane K. Mauzy

A finished assessment of politics in Singapore seeing that self-governance. The authors research how this tiny island has constructed right into a worldwide monetary centre and an monetary and social good fortune less than the management of the People's motion get together which has governed regularly considering the fact that 1959. The authors discover the character of the Singaporean govt, in addition to significant matters corresponding to ethnicity, human rights and the advance of civil society.

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During the occupation, the Chinese had been particularly harshly treated, because of Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion of China and because Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion of Malaya had been very effective. 7 A commission was appointed in 1953 (the Rendel Commission, under Sir George Rendel) to spell out the sequence referred to above. There were to be two main differences from the system which operated in Britain. Some powers would be ‘‘reserved’’ – would not be the concern of the legislature – because they would be retained by Britain.

Education and culture were given a negative, as well as a positive, interpretation. 20 Under the Marshall and Lim Yew Hock governments, Singapore had unsuccessfully approached the Malayan Prime Minister on this issue. It therefore came as a surprise to many when the Tunku mentioned such a possibility in 1961. Actually, Malaya had considered a number of schemes, in some of which a feature was the inclusion of the Borneo states. With the British about to relinquish sovereignty over Sarawak and North Borneo (soon to be renamed Sabah), failing some alternative arrangement, they would become independent.

Third, they sought to build up, take over, or defend from a hostile takeover, various associations (see p. 95). Fourth, as we have seen, they tried to defend, or recapture, the party organization from proCommunist attack (see p. 39). Fifth, later, they sought to attract support by attractive programs, and by providing good government in implementing these programs. Sixth, they used their power in the capacity of acting as the government, to supplement their strength in intra-party or inter-party contests.

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