Singapore – independence or isolation?

August 9, 1965 – Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the only country to date to gain independence unwillingly.  Prior to its expulsion, the Singapore state government and the Malaysian central government disagreed on many political and economics issues, leading to discontent that culminated in race riots in 1964 .  After many ideological conflicts between the two governments, on August 9, 1965, the Malaysian Parliament voted 126 to 0 to expel Singapore from Malaysia with Singaporean delegates not present.

Singapore moved quickly to seek membership in the United Nations and the British Commonwealth in order to gain support and recognition from other countries.

The country is now one of the world’s major commercial hubs, the fourth-largest financial center and one of the top two container ports in the world for at least the past ten years.

For the first year of its independence, Singapore used Malaysian stamps, but on August 9, 1966 it issued its first set of stamps as an independent country.  These are shown here.



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