to grant instant citizenship en masse to Malays – which then within the span of two short years – reduced the Chinese voting strength to 57% while at the same time increasing the Malay electoral power in an inverse and corresponding proportion?
Helen said that that was what Umno did.
- In 1955, Malays made up 84.2 percent of registered voters in Malaya.
- Two years later was Merdeka which allowed close to one million non-Malays to become citizens between the period of 1957 and 1960.
- Two years after Independence was the 1959 general election. This time, Malays made up only 57.1 percent of the electorate.
Now if the shoe was on the other foot,
Would the PAP-DAP — hypothetically as the ruling party — be willing to absorb and enfranchise Malays residing in the Republic of Singapore North en bloc so that as a result, Chinese voting strength suffered a drastic drop from 84 percent to 57 percent within a single election interval?
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