Rare chance to view historic Singapore papers

(19 October 2016) Printed on paper and parchment, with gold leaf accents and motifs such as brightly coloured orchids and hibiscuses – the documents proclaiming Singapore’s merger with Malaysia embodied the hope in the air in 1963.

Barely two years later, as the merger unravelled, plain documents were hastily stapled together to detail Singapore’s separation from Malaysia to become an independent republic.

The stark contrast in the two sets of documents was noted by Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim yesterday at the official opening of the Law of the Land exhibition at the National Gallery, where the documents are on display for the first time.

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