Year 1963

Post Election Gifts For Civil Servant

Thursday, 26th September 1963

Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew announced that each civil servants would get an ex-gratia payment equivalent to three times the variable allowance to them on their September 1959 salary. Those who join the civil service after 1959, will not be entitled to this benefit. The amount of approximately $3.5 million loyalty 'bonus' will be paid out for the Civil Service Employees. A statement issued by the Singapore's Ministry of Finance said: "The payment is being made in appreciation of the integrity and loyalty which they (the Civil Servant) had displayed during the past four years under the PAP Government."

Katong Park Bombed

Thursday, 26th September 1963

Two Bombs exploded around Katong Park area breaking glasses of Ambassador Hotel, which is located about 30 meters away. The first bomb exploded on midnight of 24th September and the second was on the 26th September at around 2pm. Nobody was hurt by either explosion.

PAP Wins State Election

Saturday, 21st September 1963

The PAP wins the 1963 (the first after joining the Malaysian Federation) State Elections with 37 seats, defeating the Barisan Sosialis with 13 seats and Ong Eng Guan's United People's Party with 1 seat (Hong Lim).

Singapore Legislative Assembly 4th General Election

Saturday, 21st September 1963

The fourth general election for the Legislative Assembly was a lively and closely-fought affair, with several new political parties joining the fray.

Singapore is part of Malaysia

Monday, 16th September 1963

Malaysia was formed and consisted of the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and North Borneo (now Sabah). Relieving Singapore of colonial rule and becoming an autonomous state within the Malaysian Federation. Brunei opted out. Indonesia and the Philippines opposed the merger. President Sukarno of Indonesia worked actively against it during the three years of Indonesian confrontation.

Malaysian Airways Limited was Established

Monday, 16th September 1963

After the Federation of Malaysia was created and Malayan Airways became known as Malaysian Airways Limited.

Singapore declares independence

Saturday, 31st August 1963

Singapore declares independence from the British.

Major Prison Disturbance

Friday, 12th July 1963

A mutiny broke out in Pulau Senang. The Superintendent and his key officers were brutally murdered by the rioters. This major incident demonstrated that safe and secure custody should never be taken for granted. Prison riots caused the deaths of four prison officers. All the 18 prisoners involved were sentenced to death.

The Malaysia Agreement

Tuesday, 9th July 1963

The Malaysia Agreement is signed between leaders of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.

Potong Pasir Cleaned Up

Thursday, 23rd May 1963

Health Ministry officials launched a big sterilisation campaign in cholera infected Potong Pasir. Ministry workers pumped chlorine into ponds and sprayed Insecticide in the surrounding area. Singapore's first cholera victim came from the Potong Pasir kampong. The Health Ministry have since confirmed the presence of cholera germs in four of the kampong ponds.

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