The Malays and the Chinese are finally working together. Votes have been tallied once and for all. Most remain unchanged except in the Kampong Glam and Changi constituencies. In both cases, the PAP won by very close margins. With Kampong Glam under PAP, S Rajaratnam returns to government on a majority of just 22 votes.
Barisan Socialis and the Free Malayu Alliance have taken to the streets and have incited their members, voters and associated trade unions to strike. A massive march is underway at Jalan Besar, with an estimated 15,000 people marching. They have not turned violent, but they have proved very disruptive and have refused to disperse. Unverified accusations of vote manipulation have also been circulated by fanatic supporters of various opposition parties.
Theyhave also claimed that the PAP has used government money improperly for their own ends, and that vote-rigging was underway especially in constituencies where the PAP won by a small margin. Colonel Zulkifi of 4 MR made statements on the short-wave radio supplied by the government. He accused the government of suppressing Malays and of starving his men in the two years that they had spent in Tanglin Camp.
Goh Keng Swee said that if there is a riot, there will be fifty police riot control units on standby near the march at Jalan Besar. If the march turns violent, police are authorised to quell the riot with tear gas, rubber bullets and the use of police batons. He will also make the police do patrols around the area and remain on standby so as to keep things under control.
He also mentioned that there is a need to mobilise an ambulance to be on standby at Jalan Besar in case of any emergency. This is so that they can provide First Aid for injured parties and transport to the hospitals for casualties who require further medical assistance outside the capability of paramedics.
He also said that to prevent a huge riot, police are to be given the power to arrest people if there is anyone who is violent and unwilling to disperse on the grounds of causing social unrest.