PROCLAMATION OF SINGAPORE
WHEREAS it is the inalienable right of a people to be free and independent;
AND WHEREAS Malaysia was established on the 16th day of September, 1963, by a federation of the existing states of the Federation of Malaya and the States of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore into one independent and sovereign nation;
AND WHEREAS by an Agreement made on the seventh day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five between the Government of Malaysia of the one part and the Government of Singapore of the other part it was agreed that Singapore should cease to be a state of Malaysia and should thereupon become an independent and sovereign state and nation separate from and independent of Malaysia;
AND WHEREAS it was also agreed by the parties to the said Agreement that, upon the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia shall relinquish its sovereignty and jurisdiction in respect of Singapore so that the said sovereignty and jurisdiction shall on such relinquishment vest in the Government of Singapore;
AND WHEREAS by a Proclamation dated the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five The Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah did proclaim and declare that Singapore shall on the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five cease to be a state of Malaysia and shall become an independent and sovereign state and nation separate from and independent of Malaysia and recognised as such by the Government of Malaysia.
Now I LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE on behalf of the people and the Government of Singapore that as from today the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five Singapore shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent nation, founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of her people in a more just and equal society.
LEE KUAN YEW
Prime Minister of Singapore
Dated the 9th day of August, 1965.
“It is the inalienable right of a people to be free and independent.”
On this fateful day, 48 years ago, we unexpectedly became a nation, a nation of our own. It was our third and final Merdeka – self-government in 1959, independence of the Federation in 1963, and thrust into the unknown as a tiny nation in 1965.
Over 48 years, we soldier on together, as one people, one nation, one Singapore. Out of nothing came a vibrant and robust country, build by the only, but the most, valuable resource we ever had – a hardworking, resilient people.
This National Day, my hope is for a more caring society, one where we start from our hearts, one where our pioneers are cared for and honored. One where our most vulnerable are not forgotten and have a brighter future ahead of them. Where our young can have a say in the future and shape our nation for years ahead, but yet grounded by our history and shared values. A nation where our workers are valued and appreciated, where they can provide for their families comfortably. Most of all, I hope we will become more of a nation, united and strong!
Happy National Day everyone!
by Alex Yam
As we celebrate 48 years of “making it” as an independent country, against all odds, may we never forget that we are an improbable and exceptional nation, and we are still a young nation with an unchartered path ahead. Let us seize the future with a full heart and discover new frontiers of thought, spirit and excellence.
Happy National Day!