The Singapore Government has just announced that the Independence proclamation speech recently recorded by recently deceased Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew will be broadcast across all mainstream media on the SG50 National Day morning 9am.

In 1965, the proclamation announcement was made by an unnamed announcer. But the Singapore Government got then still alive Lee Kuan Yew to record the speech three years ago in 2012. The Singapore Government will play this 2012 recording instead of the original announcement.

All televisions and radios shall play Lee Kuan Yew’s speech as follow:

WHEREAS it is the inalienable right of a people to be free and independent.

AND WHEREAS Malaysia was established on the 16th day of September, 1963, by a federation of existing states of the Federation of Malaya and the States of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore into one independent and sovereign nation.

AND WHEREAS it was also agreed by the parties to the said Agreement that, upon the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia shall relinquish its sovereignty and jurisdiction in respect of Singapore so that the said sovereignty and jurisdiction shall on such relinquishment vest in the Government of Singapore.

AND WHEREAS by a Proclamation dated the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah did proclaim and declare that Singapore shall on the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five cease to be a State of Malaysia and shall become an independent and sovereign state and nation separate from and independent of Malaysia and recognised as such by the Government of Malaysia.

Now I LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE on behalf of the people and the Government of Singapore that as from today the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five Singapore shall forever be a sovereign democratic and independent nation, founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of her people in a more just and equal society.

(Signed) LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore
Dated the 9th day of August, 1965.

According to the People’s Association (PA), a grassroot arm of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), more than 500,000 residents will participate in the National Day Observance Ceremony at over 200 locations in the island state.

In addition, all households – both Singaporeans and foreigner permanent residents – will receive a Proclamation of Independence Card in their SG Funpacks.

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Every National Day of Singapore is conflated as a celebration for the ruling PAP with only PAP marching contingent allowed on the National Day parade, while other political parties are denied. Two weeks after the National Day, the Prime Minister will give a speech telling Singaporeans the importance of keeping the ruling PAP Government in power.

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