Episode 39: The Malayan Dream
Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, University of Oxford
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The desire of the overwhelming majority of Singapore’s people was the reunification of both parts of Malaya, known as “merger”. Why was merger so important to Singapore’s people? Why did they identify as Malayan? Why was it so intimately bound up with the hopes and aspirations of Singaporeans? In this episode, PJ Thum discusses the reasons driving (and complicating) the merger, and describes how a desperate Lee Kuan Yew convinced the leadership of UMNO to agree to merger.
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