Question) â€œSingaporeâ€™s separation from the federation was
inevitable.â€ How far do you agree with this statement? Discuss.
I agree with this statement to a large extent as during the two years
when Singapore was part of Malaysia as there was an irreconcilable
political difference between PAP and UMNO. Malaysia also thought of
Singapore as an economical rival. The only thing that kept the two
parties together for that very 2 years was because Singapore thought
that by uniting with Malaya, communism problems would be
automatically resolved, Malaya thought so too. Therefore I agree to a
large extent that Singaporeâ€™s separation from the federation was
Political difference between PAP and UMNO was one of the reasons why
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Therefore, leaving Malaysia would help to protect the political
interest of Singapore.
Another reason why separation between Singapore and the federation
was inescapable was because of the economic rivalry between Malaysia
and Singapore. Singapore was doing much better than Malaysia in
economy because it had the most popular port in the whole of South-
East Asia. Singapore was earning more than Malaysia thought she would
and this was affecting and threatening Malaysian business. This
rivalry made it even harder to maintain a good relationship with
Malaysia as there would be much future unhappiness between the 2
countries and so as to lessen the economic feud, Malaysia increased
the toll on Singaporeâ€™s economy and this led to more unhappiness
between the 2 countries. Therefore, in a bid to protect Malaysiaâ€™s
economy, it was unavoidable for the separation.
However, the communism problems in Singapore helped to keep Malaysia
together as Kuala Lumpur feared that communism would take over
Singapore and by being together, Kuala Lumpur would have more control
over the situation. Singaporeâ€™s political party, PAP, also wanted to
rid Singapore from communists. So, Singapore separation from Malaysia
could be avoided but there were many other reasons tagged along for
the separation between Singapore and Malaysia. Therefore, it is very
hard to keep a close relationship with Malaysia with only a few
reasons compared to the many other reasons that appeals for the
Thus, because of the problem with political and economical
challenges, it is very hard to avoid separation with Malaysia as
there were little advantages to keep the relationship. The few
advantages were trivial compared to the disadvantages that the merger
had brought, therefore I agree to a large extent that Singaporeâ€™s
separation from the federation was inevitable.