LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY BY-ELECTION 1965
Merely a month before Singapore's separation from Malaysia and independence, UPP chief and sole Assembly Member Ong Eng Guan resigned his seat and retired from politics. This last LA election became a straight fight between Singapore's two main parties - PAP and BS - and both fielded former PAP AMs as candidates. PAP was by then a full national party with a presence in Malaysia despite winning only one seat out of 11 it contested in the Federal election of 1964. After Singapore was ejected from the Federation, PAP's only Malaysian legislator, C. V. Devan Nair, converted the party's extension into the Peninsular to the Democratic Action Party - replacing the "thunderflash" in the PAP's symbol with a "rocket" - but he quit Malaysia politics and returned to Singapore a few years later. DAP remains a key political party in Malaysia until today.
Nomination day: 30 June 1965 [Wed]
Total voters: 11,837
Election deposit: $500