Singapore, 1965: The cabinet has convened to discuss about how to dealing with ethnic conflicts.
Malay farmers and Chinese who want inland areas are fighting. Malay farmers want the area to produce economic goods, while the Chinese want these inland areas to build houses for accommodation purposes.
The Cabinets are discussing how the riots, which have been caused by this conflict, can be stopped, as there is a need for different racial groups to come together and be united as one.
Mr Goh Keng Swee, Minister of Interior and Defence said that Malays and Chinese, two main racial groups in Singapore, were in conflict with each other. There are also tensions and due to ethnic conflicts, and this has caused riots.
Mr Ong Pang Boon, a member of Singapore’s ruling party, said that we can promote racial harmony by encouraging citizens to attend lessons that advocate for racial harmony. There is a need to educate citizens and enable different racial groups to become more aware of their actions. By introducing these lessons, people of different races can be friends with one another and prevent riots or conflicts from occurring in Singapore. As a multi-racial and multi-religious country, citizens of different races should mingle around to create a sense of identity and unity.
Mr Goh Keng Swee also said that we should impose an immediate and indefinite curfew such that peace can be reinstated in Singapore. Mr Goh said that the curfew will be established nightly, from 9.30pm to 5 am. Anyone who flouts the curfew will be arrested on sight, and officers enforcing the curfew will be given the authority to retaliate with force if those evading the curfew initiate an attack.
The curfew is to be announced via printed press, as well as public announcements. Mr Goh also mentioned that there is a need for the deployment of a greater number of officers from the Police Force and the SAF. These officers will be deployed to patrol high-tensions areas, such as Kampong Glam or Chinatown. Others who are on duty during the day will also be required to stop any conflict and arrest the perpetrators of such violent actions immediately. He also said allying with Israel, is the road to peace.
Mr Toh Chin Chye, another member of Singapore’s ruling party, also assured delegates that military and financial aid will be supplied by the Western bloc, should any violent attacks against Singapore by the Easter Bloc as a result of this decision.
Mr Othman Wok also said that he speaks from the perspective of not a Malay, but a Singaporean, and believes that the belief that different ethnic groups can coexist in harmony to create a multi-racial and multi-religious society. He pledged to improve social services for all races, and reassured delegates that discriminatory treatments towards any racial group would not be allowed under any circumstance.