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Kept in Position: The Labour Front–Alliance Government of Chief Minister David Marshall in Singapore, April 1955 – June 1956

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 February 2004

James Low
Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. His e-mail contact is


Using declassified British documents and Chinese-language newspapers, this paper seeks to supplement existing understanding of Chief Minister David Marshall's Labour Front-Alliance Government in Singapore from April 1955 to June 1956. From the outset, the government's reforms were hampered by its own weaknesses. It was viable only because British policy was to keep it ‘in position’.

© 2004 The National University of Singapore

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This article is an adaptation of my Master of Arts thesis in History submitted to the National University of Singapore (NUS). I wish to thank NUS and the Lee Foundation for their gracious funding, A/P Albert Lau for his patient supervision of the thesis, and Professor K.G. Tregonning and Mr Erik Holmberg for their valuable comments.