Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Communist Plot

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Wow. It’s been a year since the last entry. I really need to post more often.

First of all, I would like to clarify that the communists DID NOT bomb the government office. They wouldn’t be dumb enough to do something like that. The entire British army would be after them. But they did hold many riots and protests with the giant group of supporters who were unhappy with the British. And they WERE armed. The period of rioting and protesting lasted for 3 years until the Singapore Emergency. We will be talking more on the Singapore Emergency next time.

But for now,  let’s concentrate on what the communists did to Singaporeans. As said, they gained mass support, and the peak of their success was in 1947. The communists organized more than 300 strikes that year, and all the participants were people who were angry at the British government for not giving them sufficient pay and good working conditions. In fact, they rioted so much that year, they nicknamed it ‘The Year of Strikes’

However, after that year, the communists lost support. Basically it was because that after their employees had so many riots, their bosses finally decided to do something. They gave higher pay and better working conditions, and trade with other countries afterwards also improved, so they could afford it.

But the communists didn’t give up. They continued to organize strikes for the workers who still weren’t happy with their bosses, and sometimes they would even threaten workers into joining their riots. As a result, there were still riots in the 1950s, and one memorable one was the Maria Hertogh Riots (which will be explored in a later post).

So in this post you have seen the Communists cause a whole lot of riots and strikes. Because of this, you might think that the Communists were just a bunch of troublemakers. But in fact, it actually caused people to think for themselves. It gave them a desire to break free from the British, and it is the reason why we are here today, not under British rule.

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