NATIONAL REFERENDUM 1962
This only referendum in Singapore's history was to decide on the island's position within Malaysia after the merger, which also included the North Borneo territories of Sabah and Sarawak. Singapore's major political parties campaigned for the different conditions. PAP stood for Alternative A where Singapore would retain powers over certain portfolios. SA, affiliated to Malaysia's ruling Alliance Party, stood for Alternative C where Singapore's status would be no different from other states. BS called upon voters to cast blank votes and reject merger as it did not agree to the inclusion of the North Borneo states. In the end, Alternative A received a ringing endorsement, signifying a victory for the PAP government. After the referendum, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew responded to BS accusations of non-democracy by tabling a bill to include the blank votes in one of the three alternatives chosen by the legislature. PAP and SA legislators abstained from voting but neither did BS legislators who staged a walk-out during the sitting.
Polling day: 1 September 1962 [Sat]
ALTERNATIVE A wins by margin of 253,549 (45.3%)
Valid votes: 559,036 (99.6%)
Rejected votes: 2,523 (0.4%)