Malaysia: A Good Start

In an echoing Singapore badminton hall, weary workers counted and recounted the ballots far into the night. Outside. 200 police stood guard against possible violence organized by the powerful left-wing parties. But the leftists failed to marshal either rioters or voters, and moderate Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew scored an unexpected landslide for his campaign to bring Singapore into the big new federation of Britain's Malaysian territories (TIME, July 27). Glowed the Cambridge-educated Prime Minister: "It is the seal of public and popular approval for merger and Malaysia. We are off to a good start."

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