ReTRIeVIA

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‘As sure as the sun rises’

Some mornings I go for a walk at 6.00am. At this time the sky is still dark and you can clearly see the various constellations of stars.

Old timers will remember that in the early 1960’s, Singapore wanted to be a part of Malaysia. The phrase, “Malaysia, as sure as the sun rises” and a picture of the rising sun would blink from neon lights mounted on the walls of high commercial buildings.

Eventually, a referendum was held and 73% of the electorate in Singapore voted to merge with Malaya and the British colonies of Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia. The merger took place on 16 September 1963.

Here is a stamp (issued in 1998) illustrating the event.

Retrievia Excerpts 2003-2004

In the stamp, Sabah is shown by its old name “North Borneo”. Those who may want to read more about this period in Singapore history can refer to “The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew”, Times Editions, 1998.

As I walk, the sky slowly brightens and at 6.45am it is quite bright. This brightening process always reminds me of the phrase, “As sure as the sun rises”.

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2003/ 2004
Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

3 February, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Posted in Year 2003/ 2004

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