New voting bloc shows its clout, The Straits Times, 8 October 2017

Part of The Straits Times’ feature on 60 years of Singapore citizenship, President Tan Tai Yong gave his comments on the impact of the landmark 1957 citizenship law. President Tan noted that Mr Lim Yew Hock took over the lead in constitutional talks with Britain from Dr David Marshall, in part because “Lim was prepared to be tough with the communists”. He added that an expanded electorate was necessary for self-government which required a legitimate representative legislative assembly. He highlighted the large group of immigrants in Singapore at that time, and the realisation the Chinese and Indians would not be rooted without being given citizenship.


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