Straits Times: ‘Unity call’ by Marshall

MALAYA WOULD BE MORE INTERESTED IN MERGER IF S’PORE IS ONE, RALLY TOLD


MR. DAVID MARSHALL – in the familiar bush-jacket – at last night’s by-election rally with a hammer, the Workers’ Party symbol, tucked in his belt. His translators are with him at the microphone. – Straits Times picture.

MR. DAVID MARSHALL, leader of the Workers’ Party, tonight called on the PAP and other political organisations to unite and work towards merdeka.

Speaking at his first by-election rally in Anson constituency, Mr. Marshall declared that the Federation would be much more interested in a merger of the two territories if they found a united Singapore.

A big crowd braved the rain at the junction of Tras Street and Wallich Street to hear the former Chief Minister.

Mr. Marshall said that if there was no merger, Singapore should have complete independence first and then talk of a merger from a much stronger position later.

Merger was only one road – not the only road – towards independence, he added.

10 years away

He had travelled extensively up and down the Federation and had talked with “many important” leaders there. He was convinced that there would be no merger within the next 10 years.

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