Written by Adam Faiq, Class 2 Topaz'16, GVSS


The Japanese occupation ended a long time ago. But we still need to know all the events that happened after the occupation. One event is, Independence. The definition of independence is the fact or state of being independent. If Singapore did not go through independence then Singapore might not be what it is now. Singapore could still be ruled by the British or we might still be combined with Malaysia. Some of us might have forgotten when did Singapore became independent. It was on 9 August 1965. Out independence could not have been done without the help of our former prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the different parties.

Up and downs of the independence

Peoples Opinions

Some think that this independence is a good thing while others don't. There are those who will think that this independence will cause Singapore more trouble and other who think not.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew said "Every time we look back to the moment we signed the separation document, it is for us a moment of anguish. All my life, my whole adult life, I have believed in merger and the unity of the two territories. We are connected by geography, the economy and family ties. It broke everything we stood for."

These were the exact words when he announced Independence for Singapore on 9 August 1965. Like I said earlier there are people who likes the idea of independence and one of them is Othman Wok

Othman Wok said "The Singapore Cabinet was informed of the separation on 7 August when we met Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Temasek House. We were all very surprised. But in my heart I said, that's the best news I have heard so far, because in the two years since Singapore joined Malaysia, I could see the difficulties with those people in Singapore."