malaysian history

That awkward moment when you unwillingly gain independence from another country

Today’s Singapore is known for its small size (it is a city-state), its role as a major east Asian port, its high quality education, and its restrictions on certain freedoms.  In the 1960s, however, Singaporean leaders did not want to be independent at all; what they wanted was to be part of Malaysia.

In 1963, Singapore merged with Malaysia shortly after declaring independence from Britain.  However, distrust and major differences in ideology between the two governments reigned supreme from the start.  By 1964, race riots broke out between Singaporean Chinese and Malays.  The Malaysian government blamed Indonesians and Communists for provoking the riots.  The Singaporean government blamed Malay nationalists.  The riots were also likely caused in part by the Singaporean People’s Action Party challenging the Malaysian government in the federal election.

Nonetheless, by 1965, Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, seeking to avoid any more bloodshed, advised Parliament to expel Singapore from the union, which they voted unanimously in favor of.  Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew soon announced, with tears in his eyes, their independence.

Thus Singapore, despite its best efforts, unwillingly gained independence from Malaysia.

THANK YOU BIG BANG FOR EVERYTHING AND FOR THIS MADE WORLD TOUR THIS YEAR

From April 25, 2015 until October 25, 2015 (6 amazing months), you traveled to a total of

  • 3 Continents 
  • 61 shows total
  • 51 shows in Asia
  • 7 shows in North America
  • 3 shows in Oceania 

You made SO many records with this tour 

  • Most viewed online K-pop concert in history.
  • First foreign act to hold a Japanese “Dome Tour” for three consecutive years.
  • The only foreign act to hold three concerts in a row at Shanghai Arena. 
  • The first Korean act to hold a two-day concert in Kuala Lumpur.
  • The largest K-pop arena tour in USA’s history.
  • The first foreign act to sell out three concerts in Hong Kong on two separate occasions.
  • One of the most expensive concerts in Malaysian history.
  • Highest attendance ever for a Korean act in Chengdu, China.
  • Largest Chinese tour of any Korean act.
  • The biggest K-pop show staged in Canada.

You met over 500,000+ VIPs and you touched every single one of our hearts with your passion and your excitement on the stage. 

You went through 14 shows in 4 weeks and you FINALLY get to go back home!! And sleep in your own bed!! PLEASE get some rest before your Japan Dome Tour if possible. 

This tour was more than I could ever ask for and I want to thank every single one of you for that. You all said that you would be back. This might take years before you’re back but we can all wait. 

Cause that’s what VIPs do

To G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP, Daesung, and Seungri, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you’ve done to all of us. 

“Until Whenever”