BFM 89.9

Podcast  >  The Bigger Picture  >  Live & Learn  >  Episode 43: Operation Coldstore, Part I: The Night of Long Knives

Episode 43: Operation Coldstore, Part I: The Night of Long Knives

Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, University of Oxford

26-Aug-16 15:00


The British, Federation, and PAP leaders agreed a merger of the Federation and Singapore should happen. But Tunku Abdul Rahman demanded that Singapore’s political opposition be arrested before merger; Lee Kuan Yew demanded they be arrested after merger; and Lord Selkirk felt arrests were unnecessary and unjustified. In this episode, PJ Thum explains how this was the central political conflict surrounding merger and how this deadlock was eventually broken by an unexpected event far, far away from Malaya.

Please send questions, comments, and feedback to or visit Support the show at For all the previous episodes in this series, search for "History of Singapore" on

Download the BFM mobile app. Stay at home and stay up-to-date.

Tags:  live and learnhosbypjthumMergerPAPLee Kuan YewMalayaTunku Abdul RahmanOperation ColdstoreThe History of SingaporeEducationGovernment/Regulatory/Policy MakingPolitics, News, Current Affairs

Dan Lain-Lain

Share this podcast

Latest Podcasts

Play / Pause

Listen now :

Today’s Shows

10:00 AM

Pick of the Pops (REPEAT)

12:00 PM

Bar None (REPEAT)

1:00 PM

Ringgit and Sense (Repeat)

Why Do You Need Different Assets In Your Portfolio?; Danny Wong, CEO, Areca Capital

1:30 PM

The Property Show (REPEAT)

The Business of Covid Disinfection; Kirit Kumar, CEO, Approved Group International

2:00 PM

Cruise Control (REPEAT)

The Toyota GT86 is the Perfect Template for a Sports Car; Daniel Fernandez,

3:00 PM

By the Book (REPEAT)

Book Club June 2020 - Humankind; Chase Caldwell Smith

4:00 PM

The Bigger Picture (REPEAT)

Police Brutality - Drawing Parallels Between the U.S. and Malaysia; Mohan Ambikaipaker, Associate Professor in Critical Race Theory & Postcolonial Studies

5:00 PM

TED Radio Hour

6:00 PM

Night School (REPEAT)

The Senario of Malaysian Television Culture (1996-2003);

7:00 PM

Take Five (REPEAT)

8:00 PM

The Flow (REPEAT)

9:00 PM

The Selector