May 1959 was a time when Singapore was still a British Crown Colony, but agreement had been reached in 1957 for Singapore to enjoy internal self-government, with the British responsible for external affairs, internal security and defence. A new constitution would come into effect with internal self-governance, under which the Legislative Assembly would comprise 51 elected members, and only elected members. In this respect, it would differ from previous Legislative Assemblies that had always included members appointed by the Governor. Singapore had our first fully democratic election on 30 May 1959, Saturday. All 51 members of the legislative assembly were elected by the people of Singapore. 92.9% of those eligible voted, or 527,919 out of a total 586,098 voters. Singapore became a self-governing nation with Mr Lee Kuan Yew as the first Prime Minister of Singapore.

 


 

The new National Cadet Corps (NCC) Campus at Amoy Quee Camp was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Dr Tony Tan, on 30 May 2001. The new NCC campus brings together the old NCC Headquarters and Land District Headquarters under one roof. With the administrative headquarters and land districts located together, the new campus will be able to optimise land resources, promote unit cohesion and improve management of the corps. The longstanding relationship between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the NCC made it logical for the NCC Campus to be located in an SAF camp complex.

 


 

In February 2003, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) spread to Singapore. 238 people were infected, of whom 33 died. The outbreak was contained due to strong coordination efforts by all. Singapore was declared free of SARS by the World Health Organization on 30 May 2003.