Year 1948

A Jinnah Hall for Singapore

Friday, 3rd December 1948

The Muslim League of Malaya started a fund, known as the Quaid Azam Memorial Fund, to establish a Jinnah Hall in Singapore. The president of the Muslim League, M.J. Namazie, announced this when he met the Pakistani Goodwill Mission to Indonesia. The leader of the Pakistani Mission, Hatim A. Alavi, appealed to all races, besides Pakistanis, to contribute to the fund. The hall was in honour of the founding president of Pakistan, Mohamed Ali Jinnah.

Malayan Emergency

Friday, 18th June 1948

Malayan Emergency begins, Singapore declared a State of Emergency a week later.

Malayan Airways Goes Regional

Thursday, 1st April 1948

Malayan Airways started flying direct international routes from Singapore to Saigon in Vietnam, Batavia (now Jakarta), Medan and Palembang in Indonesia, and to Bangkok in Thailand via Penang.

Singapore Legislative Council 1st General Election

Sunday, 21st March 1948

The Legislative Council General Elections was the first election to be held in Singapore when six of the 22 seats on the Legislative Council were open for popular voting, albeit only for British subjects. The election was announced on 1 February, and nominations were due by 15 February. The campaign period lasted for 31 days. Municipal North-East (two seats) won by John Laycock and Mohamed Javad Namazie. Municipal South-West (two seats) won by Tan Chye Ching and Nazir Bin Abdul Mallal. Rural East won by Sardon Bin Haji Zubir. Rural West won by S. C. Goho.