We’ve heard and read about as well as witnessed countries going to wars in order to be free from tyranny and to gain independence.
But would you believe us when we say that there exists a country who gained independence despite being unwilling to be free?
Well, it is true. And it is one of the most developed countries in the world.
In fact, Singapore was the only country in history to gain independence unwillingly.
The Strange Story of How Singapore Gained Independence.
During World War II, Singapore was conquered and occupied by the Japanese empire from 1942-1945.
When the war ended Singapore reverted to British control leading to its merger with Malaysia in 1963.
The history of the Republic of Singapore began when it became an independent republic following an ejection from Malaysia on 9th August 1965.
Despite being a part of Malaysia, the city-state has its own tussle against the central government.
The then ruler, Lee Kuan Yew, and his political associates did not agree with Malaysian’s favoritism to Malay Ethnic groups and also disagreed with other socio-economic policies.
There were ethnic tensions and riots broke down between the majority Chinese Singaporeans and other ethnicities causing a great deal of damage.
Issues like these along with food shortages and development needs made the Malaysian government look at Singapore as a great burden filled with grating liability.
Hence, on August 9, 1965, the central government unilaterally expelled Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia.
Despite ditching attempts by Singapore’s PAP leaders to avoid discussing the expulsion of Singapore at the Parliament, the decision was of expulsion was unanimous and voted 126-0 by the then members of parliament.
Even upon researching, we could not find a story parallel to that of Singapore’s story of Independence.
Singapore after Independence.
Despite going through everything, Singapore, today has made a mark of its own as a global financial center.
It is the only country in Asia with an AAA credit rating from all of the world’s rating agencies.
The country is also recognized as world’s smartest city and the safest country as well as world’s most expensive cities
With a population of 5,612,300, 18% of the people in Singapore do not follow any religion while 33% are Buddhist and 18.8% are Christian.
Singapore is best known as a country that transitioned from the third world to the first world in a single generation and indeed an example for the whole world.