Meeting the media at Radio & Television Singapore on the morning of 9 August 1965 after the Proclamation of Singapore’s independence was issued.
Singapore is out
In the face of irreconcilable differences, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia on 9 August 1965.
Feeling that Separation had let down the millions in Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak who had responded to his call for a “Malaysian Malaysia”, an emotional Mr Lee broke down during a televised press conference announcing the split.
Mr Lee and his team now faced the daunting task of ensuring the young nation’s survival against overwhelming odds.